American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic

American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic Author John Temple
ISBN-10 1493026666
ISBN-13 9781493026661
Year 2016-08-01
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Lyons Press
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Finalist for the Edgar Award in Best Fact Crime New York Post The Posts Favorite Books of 2015 Suspense Magazines Best True Crime Books of 2015 Finalist for Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year in True Crime Publishers Weekly Big Indie Book of Fall 2015The king of the Florida pill mills was American Pain a mega clinic expressly created to serve addicts posing as patients From a fortress like former bank building American Pains doctors distributed massive quantities of oxycodone to hundreds of customers a day mostly traffickers and addicts who came by the vanload Inked muscle heads ran the clinics security Former strippers operated the pharmacy counting out pills and stashing cash in garbage bags Under their lab coats the doctors carried gunsand it was all legal sort of American Pain was the brainchild of Chris George a 27 year old convicted drug felon The son of a South Florida home builder Chris George grew up in ultra rich Wellington where Bill Gates Springsteen and Madonna kept houses Thick necked from weightlifting he and his twin brother hung out with mobsters invested in strip clubs brawled with cops and grinned for their mug shots After the housing market stalled a local doctor clued in the brothers to the burgeoning underground market for lightly regulated prescription painkillers In Florida pain clinics could dispense the meds and no one tracked the patients Seizing the opportunity Chris George teamed up with the doctor and word got out Just two years later Chris had raked in 40 million and 90 percent of the pills his doctors prescribed flowed north to feed the rest of the countrys insatiable narcotics addiction Meanwhile hundreds more pain clinics in the mold of American Pain had popped up in the Sunshine State creating a gigantic new drug industry American Pain chronicles the rise and fall of this game changing pill mill and how it helped tip the nation into its current opioid crisis the deadliest drug epidemic in American history The narrative swings back and forth between Florida and Kentucky and is populated by a gaudy and diverse cast of characters This includes the incongruous band of wealthy bad boys thugs and esteemed physicians who built American Pain as well as penniless Kentucky clans who transformed themselves into painkiller trafficking rings It includes addicts whose lives were devastated by American Pains drugs and the federal agents and grieving mothers who labored for years to bring the clinics crew to justice

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