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Mini Review: In Pain by Travis Rieder

In Pain: A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle with Opioids by Travis Rieder


This is a fascinating book and one I would recommend to anyone trying to better understand the opioid crisis and addiction in general. The author writes honestly and in a way that felt compassionate and informative at once. He is frustrated, but does not easily cast blame, though he must have gone through hell. It made me better understand that addiction, in particular addiction to prescription pain killers, could happen to anyone, and that addiction to any substance has the underlying cause of the user needing to fill a void, to salve a pain, to distract from hurt. It is a very humanizing, thoughtful, and enlightening book and one that will remain with me for some time to come.

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