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American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis—and How To End It

All Points. Aug. 2018. 304p. notes. index. ISBN 9781250196262. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250196279. HEALTH
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The backbone of this book is Hampton's account of his ten-year addiction (he is now in his third year of recovery), from the initial prescription for pain medication for a sore ankle to panhandling for money for heroin to his experiences at treatment centers. Examples from other individuals, interlaced with facts and figures, round out this work to create a powerful treatise. Hampton advocates for changing the model of treating addiction as a result of an individual's weakness to offering supportive therapy for a disease. He especially targets rehab centers for a complete overhaul and is able to take a step back and analyze the thought processes around his actions at any given time. He is now working hard to help others, including policymakers, see the current system's pitfalls before it's too late.
VERDICT Using both a dispassionate and passionate voice, Hampton's book is recommended as a powerful advocacy tool for anyone seeking change, health, and equality of service for all.

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