Non-Fiction - Social Issues

Killing Pain, Understanding the Opioid Pandemic and the American Obsession with Oxycontin, Heroin, and Other Painkillers

Category:Non-Fiction - Social Issues

Author:Robert Hayward

  • Publisher: Covenant Books
  • Publication Date: October 10, 2022
  • Number of Pages: 324
  • ISBN-10: 1638149585
  • ISBN-13: 9781638149583

Robert Hayward, the author of Killing Pain, introduces himself as an addict during Narcotics Anonymous and Wellbriety meetings. In his memoir, he provides a candid and powerful account of the opioid epidemic in America. Hayward shares his struggle with addiction, addressing the roots of the crisis and focusing on society's preoccupation with painkillers like OxyContin and heroin. Through his narrative, he not only offers a cautionary message but also invites readers to follow his journey to redemption. Hayward takes readers on a gripping exploration of his addiction to hydrocodone, OxyContin, and other opioids. With raw and unapologetic storytelling, he immerses readers in the chaotic and destructive world of addiction, from the initial euphoria to the perilous consequences of uncontrolled dependency.

Hayward's book, Killing Pain, stands out for its ability to offer a firsthand perspective on the opioid experience. It examines the internal struggles and unrelenting pursuit of the next fix, presenting a raw and evocative narrative that captures both the highs and lows of addiction. This powerful memoir not only provides a personal account but also serves as an informative resource on the complexities of opioid dependency. Hayward sheds light on the role of the pharmaceutical industry, specifically Perdue Pharma's introduction of OxyContin and its devastating impact on the nation. The narrative adeptly navigates the timeline of the opioid epidemic, revealing the collusion of doctors, the proliferation of pain clinics, and the emergence of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

Killing Pain is a story of hope and renewal instead of despair. It follows Hayward's journey to rock bottom and subsequent recovery, providing a glimmer of optimism and showcasing the potential for redemption. This exceptionally well-written book compels readers to face the harsh realities of addiction and challenges their preconceived notions about addicts. It portrays them as complex individuals grappling with a disease rather than mere stereotypes. Killing Pain is an enlightening and captivating memoir that will resonate with those affected by addiction, clinicians working with addicts, and anyone seeking to understand the origins of the opioid pandemic. It serves as a poignant reminder that despite the devastating impact of addiction, there is always the possibility of recovery. A book that informs, instructs, and creates a strong awareness about a pandemic that is causing a lot of harm to human life, this memoir is a must-read!

Reviewed By: Romuald Dzemo

Reviewed Date: December 15, 2023

Category: Non-Fiction - Social Issues

Biography & Memoir