Erin Marie Daly, Founder

Erin Gover-26I 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.

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5 Responses to Erin Marie Daly, Founder

  1. Erin
    Check out this fraud Dr Kishore here in Massachuestts. Many of us have known this all along but had to sit and watch as he opened clinic after clinic to line his pockets. He has now finally been nabbed but sadly he is leaving God knows how many victims in his wake. We are worried about how many relapses and deaths there will be due to his dishonest greed! It’s terrible for many reasons. Many caring clinicians worked there for the right reasons to HELP people. Now they are at a loss on how they can? See this article I am sure there will be many more. Hope your well. I lost my brother this week so now I know your pain well. God bless your family and God bless mine and any other family dealing with the addiction epidemic.

  2. melissa says:

    Don’t you think we should have the FDA/DEA monitoring the docs more closely who are prescribing these meds? We have to start holding the people who are prescribing the meds more accountable! Also, we need more education in all schools about what these opiate derived drugs really are, and how it causes so much suffering and even death. It is an epidemic in our youth! It really saddens me. Thank you for sharing your story on this blog and helping get this information out there and for letting the world know that we do care! These are people dying, and families suffering.

  3. Ron says:


    Thank you for your work and sharing your story. I know the Fda will argue there is a place for extended release opiates, but I do not understand why nobody is up in arms over the drugs in the fda pipeline. Purdue will hear in the next month or so whether or not Hysingla, a hydrocodone pill up tp 120 mg per pill will get approved, but I haven’t heard or read any challenge to this.

  4. Pamela Engel says:

    I have just finished your book, Generation RX, taking me over a month to read it. Although it is compelling, I could only read it one chapter at a time. You interviewed us in our Napa home sometime ago about our son’s addiction to OxyContin.
    In your outstanding book, you make reference to seeing somewhere, What is death, but a negligible accident. It came from a nun who wrote it for Dashiell shortly after he died.
    “Death is not the end, I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I and you are you, whatever we were to each other, we are still. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way we used to. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we have always laughed, play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be spoken without effort, without trace of shadow. What is death, but a negligible accident, why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well.” Erin, I have come to realize that all my “what ifs,” have become “even ifs”. I hope you and your family are doing well. Best, Pam

  5. Laura says:

    I just picked up your book today and finished it with only a break to eat dinner. I’m blown away by the importance of you work and the art in which you relay your message. Although never a drug user, I had a brush with death when I became suicidal after a long period of stress and several losses coming together. All of this basically broke me as a person and made me finally start feeling the feelings associated with the physical abuse I had suffered as a child. I reached out for help from my husband, my best friend and my family. No one listened. Everyone was in total denial and thought it was just something that would “go away”. In that first week of trauma, an emotional dam broke, and I was literally hanging on by my fingernails. I wished I could be a drug user to dull the pain and desperation I was feeling every waking second. It was in that week that I fully understood drug users. I knew they would never choose a path like that, it was something that happened to them out of desperation when no one else would listen. I felt ashamed that I had ever judged an addict, and I had total compassion for all addicts. I was one of the lucky ones who has survived. I was eventually supported by some amazing professionals and a few people close to me. It’s hard to express how much empathy and compassion I have for all addicts, who have to live in shame, and who would never choose such a painful path. I have wondered over the last 4.5 years why no one would listen to me when I was crying out for help and raising a red flag, why everyone was in denial when my life was hanging in the balance. Your book finally shed light on the thought process that family members and friends have while their loved ones are in crisis. Thank you, thank you, for having the strength to be honest with yourself about your own denial, and for writing a book about it that we can all read. What a gift you have brought to the world, and to many sufferers like myself. I understand now that it’s impossible to understand the total and complete desperation of a life hanging in the balance unless you have been there yourself.
    I’m stunned that our country does not protect our own children from some of the most dangerous substances ever available.

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