In 2018, it’s almost impossible to have a conversation about HIV and hepatitis without touching on the U.S. opioid crisis.
Over the past two decades, authors, journalists
Fortunately, for readers interested in a deep dive into the facts and figures regarding the opioid epidemic in the United States, the New York Times Book Review recently published a column featuring a list of must-reads about the topic by infectious disease specialist Abigail Zuger, MD.
The column, the first in a new series titled “Prescribed Reading,” focuses on all the different facets of addiction that have made the epidemic what it is today: clueless doctors, misleading pharmaceutical companies, people fighting addiction in their own communities and more.
Below is Dr. Zuger’s “Rx Pad” for opioid-related books in 2018:
Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop, by Dr. Anna Lembke
The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It, by Dr. Marcia Angell
Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Misled Doctors and Harm Patients, by Dr. Ben Goldacre
The Billion Dollar Molecule: The Quest for the Perfect Drug, by Barry Werth
The Antidote: Inside the World of New Pharma, by Barry Werth
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, by Thomas De Quincey