Generation Rx

41mx4k+hrxL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_As you may know, I am a journalist. When my 20-year-old brother Pat died of a heroin overdose in 2009, I had heard about powerful painkillers like OxyContin and knew he was addicted to them, but I didn’t understand the connection to heroin. I started digging deeper, trying to learn more about both Pat’s personal downfall and the painkiller and heroin abuse epidemic. I have spent the past five years traveling the country and talking to people who have been affected by this issue. My book on the subject, Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, and America’s Opiate Crisis, will be published August 12 by Counterpoint Press and is available for pre-order on Amazon. I wanted to share my brother’s story and the stories of other families in the hopes of breaking down the stigma associated with drug addiction.

In 2010, 75% of the 38,000 yearly deaths by drug overdose in the U.S. were related to opioids; in 2011, almost 80% of people who had used heroin in the previous year also had a history of abusing prescription painkillers. This problem is getting worse, not better, and we need to start talking about it. If you’ve been touched by opiate addiction, I hope you’ll read my book and share it with others.

Thanks for your support!
Erin Marie Daly
Oxy Watchdog Founder

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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One Response to Generation Rx

  1. Hi…we are a small committee, we are a drug awareness group that is trying to dispell the myth scumbag equals drug addict. Our biggest event is Aug 5, approximately 2000 attended last year.

    After reading your book I would love more people in our area to read it. Our county is small but one of the highest uses of heroine. Its heart wrenching to see so many die. All our local and county politicians want to do is build a bigger prison.

    Our funds are very limited would you be willing to send a few free copies for door prizes? Im sure you get many requests but we need as much knowledge as possible to start moving in the right direction.

    Thanks for your time, so sorry for you and your family.

    Jim Thorpe National Night OUT
    201 Center Avenue
    Jim Thorpe Pa. 18229

    Thanks for your time
    Cindy henning

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