Ben Westhoff’s dive into the 'deadliest wave of the opioid epidemic' is the most frightening book of the year, and it’s mandatory reading
While the opioid epidemic is the most glaring effect, it’s certainly not the only symptom of our societal malaise. Things are getting worse across the board—suicide, homelessness, mass incarceration, ecological disaster. Taken together, all of these factors are making life in 21st century America increasingly untenable.
I got people telling me, “Yes, I’m in recovery, but who the fuck are you to tell somebody how they should recover? Who the fuck are you to tell somebody that they aren’t in recovery because they are on medication?” And I’m like, “Because they’re fucking not! What the fuck are you talking about?”
By 2014, it was a full-court press, with Suboxone lobbyists pushing more than 10 bills on Beacon Hill