By John Temple
Finalist for the Edgar® Award in top truth Crime!
The king of the Florida capsule generators was once American ache, a mega-clinic expressly created to serve addicts posing as sufferers. From a fortress-like former financial institution construction, American Pain’s medical professionals dispensed sizeable amounts of oxycodone to 1000s of shoppers an afternoon, often traffickers and addicts who got here through the vanload. Inked muscle-heads ran the clinic’s safeguard. Former strippers operated the drugstore, counting out tablets and stashing profit rubbish baggage. below their lab coats, the medical professionals carried guns—and it was once all legal… type of.
American soreness used to be 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 police officers, and grinned for his or her mug photographs. After the housing industry stalled, a neighborhood health professional clued within the brothers to the burgeoning underground marketplace for evenly regulated prescription painkillers. In Florida, discomfort clinics may well dispense the meds, and not anyone tracked the sufferers. Seizing the chance, Chris George teamed up with the healthcare professional, and be aware received out. simply years later Chris had raked in $40 million, and ninety percentage of the drugs his medical professionals prescribed flowed north to feed the remainder of the country’s insatiable narcotics dependancy. in the meantime, hundreds and hundreds extra discomfort clinics within the mould of yankee discomfort had popped up within the Sunshine kingdom, making a vast new drug industry.
American discomfort chronicles the increase and fall of this game-changing tablet mill, and the way it helped tip the country into its present opioid situation, the deadliest drug epidemic in American historical past. The narrative swings from side to side among Florida and Kentucky, and is populated by means of a gaudy and numerous forged of characters. This contains the incongruous band of rich undesirable boys, thugs and esteemed physicians who equipped American discomfort, in addition to penniless Kentucky clans who reworked themselves into painkiller trafficking jewelry. It comprises addicts whose lives have been devastated by means of American Pain’s medications, and the federal brokers and grieving moms who worked for years to convey the clinic’s team to justice.
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