(Past program) Read Between the Ravines 2020

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2020 Selection

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About the Book

A comprehensive portrait of a uniquely American epidemic—devastating in its findings and damning in its conclusions.

The opioid epidemic has been described as "one of the greatest mistakes of modern medicine." But calling it a mistake is a generous rewriting of the history of greed, corruption, and indifference that pushed the U.S. into consuming more than 80% of the world’s opioid painkillers.

Journeying through lives and communities wrecked by the epidemic, Chris McGreal reveals how Big Pharma hooked Americans on powerfully addictive drugs and how corruption in medicine and public institutions let the opioid makers get away with it.

Go to the catalog to borrow "American Overdose" by Chris McGreal

About the Author

Chris McGreal is a reporter for The Guardian and former journalist at the BBC. He has written on hard-hitting topics including the Rwandan genocide, Israel/Palestine relations, and the impact of economic recession in modern America. He has won several awards including the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism for reporting that "penetrated the established version of events and told an unpalatable truth." He is a former merchant seaman.


Addiction & Recovery Resources

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Local Services

"A Way Out" Lake County: Anyone struggling with substance abuse can walk into a police department and say they "want a way out" at any time, day or night. A trained staff member will connect the person with resources and support. No charges will be filed regardless of what substances the person has on them. Find a participating police department.

Find a prescription drug collection box to deposit your unused prescriptions in. Facilitated by your local police department and the Save a Star foundation. Learn more about the program and accepted drug types.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), Lake County Health Department & Community Health Center

Outpatient Substance Abuse Program (SAP), Lake County Health Department & Community Health Center

Get Help Opioids Hotline
1-833-234-6343 (1-833-2FINDHELP)

National Substance Abuse hotline
1-800-662-4357 (1-800-662-HELP)

Find Treatment Map from SAMHSA

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