Year 10, Book 71

71. American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic by John Temple

This book chronicles how a group of friends took advantage of loopholes and lax regulations on prescription pain medications to set up the largest “pill mill” in Florida. Billed as a pain clinic, American Pain, was obviously just selling oxycodone to drug addicts who were coming from as far away as Kentucky for the easy access drugs American Pain was doling out. The book also looks at the investigation into and eventual downfall of the pain clinic, but shows how it ushered in an era of abuse of prescription pain medications that continues to endure.

This was a really well written and compelling book. It seemed both crazy what was going on, but also given the ways the owners found to work within the law also made it seem reasonable in some ways. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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