I am a San Francisco-based freelance journalist with a passion for reporting cultural and human interest stories. As a former senior reporter for a national legal newswire, I have written hundreds of articles on product liability issues in the health care industry, particularly relating to pharmaceutical companies. My work in this area has included reporting on developments in personal injury, product defect, and wrongful death lawsuits against global drug companies and medical device makers, analysis of state and federal legislative developments involving the health care industry, and features on district and appellate jurisdictional trends.
OxyContin became a subject of interest to me in the course of my day job, but my fascination with it took a personal turn when my youngest brother, Pat, became addicted to the painkiller. He died of a heroin overdose in February 2009. Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, and America’s Opiate Crisis, my book about my brother’s addiction and death and the pills-to-heroin phenomenon in general, was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press. The book was honored as a winner in the 2014 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards in the Social Sciences category, and as a winner in the “Health: Addiction and Recovery” and “Non-Fiction: Narrative” categories of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards.