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Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It's So Hard to Stop

Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It's So Hard to Stop

Écrit par Anna Lembke, MD

Raconté par Callie Beaulieu


Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It's So Hard to Stop

Écrit par Anna Lembke, MD

Raconté par Callie Beaulieu

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Apr 11, 2017
ISBN:
9781541471979
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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. Anna 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.

Full of extensive interviews-with health care providers, pharmacists, social workers, hospital administrators, insurance company executives, journalists, economists, advocates, and patients and their families-Drug Dealer, MD, is for anyone whose life has been touched in some way by addiction to prescription drugs.
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Apr 11, 2017
ISBN:
9781541471979
Format:
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    “Drug Dealer, MD” is an unfortunate title for this serious, compelling, well-documented book published by Johns Hopkins. Author Anna Lembke is well qualified to write about the prescription drug addiction crisis. She received her undergraduate degree in Humanities from Yale University and her medical degree from Stanford University. She is on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine, a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. “Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It's So Hard to Stop” appears to be a more accessible version of articles Lembke has published in medical journals: “Why Doctors Prescribe Opioids to Known Opioid Abusers.” “Drug Dealer, MD” is an easy and compelling read of only156 pages, yet contains 9 pages of references. Lembke uses case histories to drive home the severity and urgency of this appalling situation in our health care system where the profits of drug companies, the economics of medical practice and insurance create situations where the true medical need of the patient come last, if ever. A “normal” patient can become a “professional patient” (one who trolls doctors’ offices to obtain scripts for addictive prescription meds) due to the efficacy of prescribing pain relievers, tranquilizers and sedatives, and stimulants rather than actually talking to the patient about his or her condition and needs. Worse yet, after a patient becomes a drug addict due to failure of physicians to properly treat medical needs, addiction treatment and rehab is often unavailable or prohibitively expensive. In short, these practices are appalling and tragic. “Drug Dealer, MD” is essential reading for anyone interested in the current state of medical practice.

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