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Pill Head : The Secret Life of a Painkiller Addict



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This is the edition with a publication date of 7/7/2009.
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This compelling, honest book investigates the growing epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse among today's Generation Rx. Through gripping profiles and heart-breaking confessions, this memoir dares to uncover the reality-the addiction, the withdrawal, and the recovery-of this newest generation of pill poppers. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. xiii
The How, the Why, and Let's Get Highp. 1
"I Want Total Sensory Deprivation and Backup Drugs"p. 13
"I Meant for You to Take One or Two-Not the Whole Thing!"p. 25
"I Couldn't Imagine Ever Not Doing Them"p. 43
"Depression Hurts"p. 53
"Remember Valley of the Dolls?"p. 63
"It Was the Worst Week of My Life"p. 73
"Are We Being Irresponsible?"p. 83
Heather Hits Rehabp. 109
Fight or Flightp. 123
How to Destroy a Doctorp. 133
Jared's Turnp. 143
Hunting and Shutting Downp. 149
Horror Hospitalp. 177
"All of This Foam Came Out of My Son's Mouth"p. 187
Escape to (and in) the Midwestp. 199
Harm Reduction and the Future of Painkiller Abusep. 213
"Boredom Is God"p. 221
One Year Laterp. 231
Onwardp. 241
Epiloguep. 263
Sourcesp. 267
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