Generation Rx

A Story of Dope, Death and America's Opiate Crisis

by Erin Marie Daly

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Paperback | 6 x 8.9, 368 pages | ISBN 9781619025530

What had happened to my baby brother? How did a tiny little pill shatter our family? When did we first begin losing Pat?

These are the harrowing questions that plagued Erin Marie Daly after her youngest brother Pat, an OxyContin addict, was found dead of a heroin overdose at the age of twenty. In just a few short years, the powerful prescription painkiller had transformed him from a fun-loving ball of energy to a heroin addict hell-bent on getting his next fix. Yet even as Pat’s addiction destroyed his external life, his internal struggle with opiates was far more heart-wrenching. Erin set out on a painful personal journey, turning a journalistic eye on her brother’s addiction; in the process, she was startled to discover a new twist to the ongoing prescription drug epidemic. That kids are hooked on prescription drugs is nothing new what is new is the rising number of young heroin addicts whose addiction began with pills in suburban bedrooms, and how a generation of young people playing around with today’s increasingly powerful opiods are finding themselves in the frightening grip of heroin.

While many books a have tackled the topic of Big Pharma, drug addiction, and our increasingly over-medicated society, Generation Rx offers an entirely new look at what the prescription pill epidemic means for today’s youth and the world around them.

Without compare the best book on opiate addiction I’ve ever come across, Erin Marie Daly’s Generation Rx places the story of her beloved brother’s addiction and eventual heroin overdose against interviews with other young opiate addicts, in the process transforming a factual book about addiction into a page-turner. Heartbreaking but never saccharine, personal but still universal and packed with information but never dull, Generation Rx should be required reading for all parents whose kids are on the eve of their teenage years. If this book doesn’t help to wake up a world that still seems to be in the dark about just how dangerous prescription pills can be, nothing can.

—Anna David, author of New York Times bestseller Party Girl

The catastrophic proportion of our nation’s opioid addiction epidemic can be hard to fathom. But Daly makes it real by eloquently describing the impact of opioid addiction on her own life and the life of others.

—Andrew Kolodny, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Phoenix House Foundation

She is a genius at weaving together a tragic and heart rending personal story with scholarly research on an exploding epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse and dependence and the all too frequent transition to heroin.

—Professor John Rotrosen, M.D., Director of the Addiction Research Program at NYU Langone Medical Center

By writing this carefully researched and brutally honest expose... I’m convinced Erin will not only help raise this issue in the marbled halls of Washington, D.C., but she will also help console the many grieving loved ones begging to know that there are powerful voices clamoring for an intensive look at a nationwide problem.

—Former U.S. Congresswoman Mary Bono

Daly explores her own complicated, back-and-forth memories of her troubled brother’s life and death, interspersed with dispatches from the war on opiates.

—Publishers Weekly

It’s a well-crafted, insightful and important book — one that will prove useful to many, particularly those whose lives have been affected by a loved one’s problem behavior around substances... Generation Rx should go some way in clarifying just what’s at stake and, if read at the right time, could literally help save lives.

—After Party Chat

This gripping memoir, enhanced by statistics and other stories of addiction, reveals the devastating human cost of failure to face the consequences of the epidemic spread of drug abuse.


Generation Rx is a harrowing account of the busted lives, splintered relationships, and broken spirits of those who abuse drugs and the people who love these addicts.


In this informative, often wrenching memoir, she charts the events that led to Pat’s death — his casual drug use as a teen, deepening substance abuse, the inevitable arrests and attempts at rehab... Along the way, Daly applies her journalistic skills to researching today’s addiction epidemic, interviewing experts, addicts and their families.

—San Jose Mercury News

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