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Author Meier, Barry.

Title Pain killer : a "wonder" drug's trail of addiction and death / Barry Meier.

Published Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, [2003]


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 UniM Bail  362.299 MEIE    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 323 pages ; 22 cm
Contents The book of the dead -- Pill hill -- Senior night -- A war against pain -- Magic bullets -- Chicken and biscuits -- Hotspots -- Kiddie dope -- A tacit understanding -- The secrets of Dendur -- The body count -- Purple peelers -- The pain industry.
Summary Equal Parts crime thriller, medical detective story, and business expose, Pain Killer takes a hard-hitting look at how a powerful drug touted as the salvation for millions triggered a national tragedy. At its inception, the legal narcotic OxyContin was seen as a pharmaceutical dream, a "wonder" drug that would herald a sea change in medical care while reaping vast profits for its maker. It did do that; but it also unleashed a public health crisis that cut a swath of despair and crime through unsuspecting small towns, suburbs, and cities across the country. As reports of OxyContin overdoses made front-page and network news, doctors, narcotics agents, regulators, industry executives, and lawmakers raced in, scrambling to slow the damage. Behind it all stood one of America's wealthiest families, and a drug company whose relentless promotion helped fuel the problem. Written by award-winning journalist Barry Meier, whose special report in the New York Times triggered national interest in OxyContin, Pain Killer chronicles the rise of the multibillion dollar pain management industry and lays bare its excesses and abuses.
Subject Oxycodone -- United States.
Medication abuse -- United States.
ISBN 1579546382 (hardcover)