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North Americans are the world's most compulsive and prolific users of legal opioids. Carlyn Zwarenstein, diagnosed with an inflammatory spine disease as a young mother, eventually turned to them to manage her pain. A Globe & Mail Best 100 Books of 2016, and shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers' Association general audience book award for books published in 2016 ...more
Paperback, Print edition, 117 pages
Published June 2016 by Nonvella Publishing
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StaceyJEM
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exceptionally honest, interesting, and heartbreaking. Easily the most affecting book of my MA.
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Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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An excellent mémoire and well worth the short read. Opiate addiction explore in a personal but also broad societal way. This is a very good little book.
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Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insightful and wise.

Part memoir, part biography of DeQuincey, this book was an interesting look into the lives of addicts, a history of opium, and what it's like to live with chronic pain.
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Beautiful, wise, and very timely.
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Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fantastic, informative, personable, witty, poignant read. Highly recommend.
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Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Confessions" run the risk of being self-indulgent, but this excellent book is thought-provoking, informative and honest.
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Opium Eater is a small but mighty book. Carlyn deftly weaves together her personal narrative with history and science to craft an engaging and informative book about pain, the health care system + the use of opioids. It is a chilling reminder of how steep the slope is to prescription drug overuse. Opium Eater is a must-read book in this era of tragic loss of human life due to opioid overdose...
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I found this book interesting and learned a lot from it. I too suffer from chronic pain so I could relate to much of what Ms. Zwarenstein wrote about. I would have loved to have more personal story lines in the book. All in All I enjoyed reading the book.
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Carlyn Zwarenstein lives in Toronto. A long-time freelance writer, she writes on medicine, literature, travel, and mental states. She's the author of Opium Eater: The New Confessions (2016), a Globe & Mail Best Book of 2016, shortlisted for the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada's 2016 general audience book award, and taught on university courses in English literature, social work, an ...more