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Drug Dealer, MD
Author: Anna Lembke

ISBN: 9781421421407
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 28 September 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.1
Description:
Three out of four people addicted to heroin probably started on a prescription opioid, according to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the United States alone, 16,000 people die each year as a result of prescription opioid overdose. But perhaps the most frightening aspect of the prescription drug epidemic is that it's built on well-meaning doctors treating patients with real problems.

In Drug Dealer, MD, Dr Lembke uncovers the unseen forces driving opioid addiction nationwide. Combining case studies from her own practice with vital statistics drawn from public policy, cultural anthropology, and neuroscience, she explores the complex relationship between doctors and patients, the science of addiction, and the barriers to successfully addressing drug dependence and addiction. Even when addiction is recognized by doctors and their patients, she argues, many doctors don't know how to treat it, connections to treatment are lacking, and insurance companies won't pay for rehab.

Full of extensive interviews with healthcare providers, pharmacists, social workers, hospital administrators, insurance company e...

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