My memoir Pill Head, published by Hyperion in 2009, doubled as a research dive into prescription painkiller abuse in America post 9/11. It was featured on Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, NPR, and numerous other media outlets. It was also named one of Mother Jones magazine's top books of the year.


In many ways the book now functions as a period piece—it takes place in the mid-2000s, makes a lot of references to MySpace, and my thoughts on most of the policies I wrote about have changed drastically. Fentanyl was hard to come by back then, and no one had yet uncovered the role that the drug manufacturers themselves played. I was more focused on the human toll and the different ways that addicts first came in contact with these drugs. I ended the book with a warning that we were about to see a massive rise in overdoses, and I hate that the prediction came true.

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