By John Temple
Finalist for the Edgar® Award in top truth Crime!
The king of the Florida capsule turbines was once American discomfort, a mega-clinic expressly created to serve addicts posing as sufferers. From a fortress-like former financial institution construction, American Pain’s medical professionals disbursed gigantic amounts of oxycodone to 1000's of consumers an afternoon, generally traffickers and addicts who got here by means of the vanload. Inked muscle-heads ran the clinic’s safeguard. Former strippers operated the drugstore, counting out tablets and stashing profit rubbish luggage. lower than their lab coats, the medical professionals carried guns—and it was once all legal… style of.
American soreness was once the brainchild of Chris George, a 27-year-old convicted drug felon. The son of a South Florida domestic builder, Chris George grew up in ultra-rich Wellington, the place invoice Gates, Springsteen, and Madonna stored homes. Thick-necked from weightlifting, he and his dual brother frolicked with mobsters, invested in strip golf equipment, brawled with law enforcement officials, and grinned for his or her mug pictures. After the housing marketplace stalled, an area health professional clued within the brothers to the burgeoning underground marketplace for flippantly regulated prescription painkillers. In Florida, ache clinics might dispense the meds, and not anyone tracked the sufferers. Seizing the chance, Chris George teamed up with the health practitioner, and notice obtained out. simply years later Chris had raked in $40 million, and ninety percentage of the tablets his medical professionals prescribed flowed north to feed the remainder of the country’s insatiable narcotics dependancy. in the meantime, 1000s extra soreness clinics within the mould of yank soreness had popped up within the Sunshine nation, making a titanic new drug industry.
American soreness chronicles the increase and fall of this game-changing tablet mill, and the way it helped tip the country into its present opioid drawback, the deadliest drug epidemic in American heritage. The narrative swings backward and forward among Florida and Kentucky, and is populated by means of a gaudy and numerous forged of characters. This comprises the incongruous band of rich undesirable boys, thugs and esteemed physicians who equipped American ache, in addition to penniless Kentucky clans who remodeled themselves into painkiller trafficking jewelry. It comprises addicts whose lives have been devastated via American Pain’s medications, and the federal brokers and grieving moms who worked for years to deliver the clinic’s team to justice.
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