Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic by Harry Wiland
Turner Publishing: 2/25/20
eBook review copy; 304 pages
Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic by Harry Wiland, with Peter
Segall, is a very highly recommended look at the opioid crisis,
expanding on the information from the National Public Television series.
The three part mini-series Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic presented by author and director, Harry Wiland covered the history and the truth behind the opioid epidemic. "The
goal of Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic media project is to save lives
through prevention and greater education about the scourge of opioid
addiction. This book includes longer passages from the many in-depth
interviews in the series and digs deeper into the issues of addiction
and its treatment. Over a hundred
key individuals appeared in the series, so this book was always planned
as part of the full media coverage along with the documentary to fully
present all the information.
America's opioid crisis is an on-going public epidemic brought on by
Pharma’s advertising ploys and misinformation, the medical community's
inattentiveness over prescribing opioid painkillers, and a lack of
policies and oversight restricting the prescription of these highly
addictive drugs. This is, as has been repeatedly said, "the worst
drug epidemic in the history of our nation." If you don't know several
families affected by this epidemic, I would be , quite frankly shocked.
It is prevalent across the country with some areas hit harder than
The information from this book and the documentary needs to be spread across the country.
"More people die each year
from an opioid drug overdose than in automobile accidents. The
statistics are staggering. Do No Harm spotlights experts,
journalists, and public health crusaders who are combating the special
interests of Big Pharma and informing the world on how an aggressive
pharmaceutical mass marketing campaign for the new drug OxyContin misled
doctors and the public into our current crisis of death and addiction."
highlights the stories of those hit hardest by prescription opioid
addiction and overdose death, and sheds light on how whole communities
have been ravaged by the spread of addiction. Despite regional health
experts, local government, law enforcement, journalists, and the DEA’s
efforts to combat the epidemic, people continue to die at an alarming
rate from prescription drug overdoses. The chapters of this book
chronicle this opioid epidemic in all its complexity from many
perspectives including the plight of the millions of Americans who
suffer from opioid addiction. People, young and old on the rocky road to
recovery, tell their harrowing stories, current victories, and on-going
struggles with the disease."
My review copy was courtesy of Turner Publishing.