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This is Ohio : the overdose crisis and the front lines of a new America / Jack Shuler.

Shuler, Jack, author. 

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  • 3 of 4 copies available at Consortium of Ohio Libraries. (Show)
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Galion Library 362.293 SHUL (Text) 35920505726875 Adult Non-Fiction Checked out 02/05/2021

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  • ISBN: 9781640093553
  • ISBN: 1640093559
  • Physical Description: 289 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First hardcover edition: 2020.
  • Publisher: Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, 2020.
  • Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-289).
Subject: Opioid abuse > Ohio.
Ohio > Authors.
Topic Heading: Ohio authors.

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This Is Ohio : The Overdose Crisis and the Front Lines of a New America

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Journalist Shuler (The Thirteenth Turn) offers a harrowing look at the opioid epidemic in the Rust Belt community of Licking County, Ohio. Writing with great empathy, he documents the daily lives of opioid addicts, as well as the work of community activists struggling to reduce overdose deaths and limit the spread of hepatitis and other ill effects of drug abuse through harm reduction initiatives. Shuler categorizes the opioid epidemic as a human rights problem, describes the "war on drugs" as a grievous mistake, and focuses more on identifying the systemic causes of addiction--including income inequality, unemployment, and inadequate medical care--than exposing the role of overprescribing doctors and pharmaceutical companies. Despite the grim nature of the topic, he offers a dash of hope and inspiration in profiles of grassroots efforts to repair the social fabric of Licking County, and in his own willingness to get involved by taking addicts to meetings, visiting homeless camps, and learning how to administer anti-overdose medication. This impressively researched and deeply felt account does a devastating job of personalizing the failures of U.S. drug policy. (Sept.)

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This profoundly humanizing investigation surveys the opioid addiction and overdose crisis as experienced in the Ohio community of Newark, east of Columbus. Shuler (The Thirteenth Turn) teaches at nearby Denison University and travels through the Ohio epicenter of the opioid crisis, from Dayton to Portsmouth. He meets and walks with many people who use drugs, and many more who care about and advocate for them. Like the meetings, events, shelters, and grassroots service projects he visits, Shuler's book gives the opportunity for people to speak up and be heard. A tremendous stigma is attached to drug use, yet users are capable, productive, human, and need to be included in the development of solutions. Lived experience is key to understanding and addressing addiction, which Shuler identifies as a public health problem, and an economic and social problem encompassing race, poverty, and power. VERDICT The commitment, tenacity, and empathy of the users, activists, and advocates Shuler meets is a stark corrective to the disdain and dehumanization typical of policy and practice in this area. The title forcefully claims this story for Ohio, a statistical center, but addiction reaches all places, and this book is strongly recommended for readers anywhere who are interested in systemic change and the power of the grassroots. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/20.]--Janet Ingraham Dwyer, State Lib. of Ohio, Columbus


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