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Diversion: A Mark Rollins Adventure Hardcover – September 29, 2017
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From the Author
People often ask me where did I get the idea for my book. In the case of Diversion, it was more about the "ideas" than any one single event.
I first heard the term "diversion" from a member of the Justice Department's DEA Diversion Control Division speaking at a Killer Nashville conference. I believe it was the 2015 conference. When I walked out of her presentation, I knew Diversion was going to be my next book.
Since then concern over the misuse of powerful opioid pain medication has grown. It is now considered a national health crisis.While Diversion started with my conference attendance, it became shaped by events and conditions over the next two years. New England teenagers were stealing storm drains to get money to buy their Percocet. Terrorist plots continued to popup to the point of desensitizing us, no matter how terrible, to their ever-present occurrence. The list of syndromes and mental disorders that were explanations for addictions got longer. Government became willing to pay for our drugs and doctors became more liberal about prescribing them. There was a growing army of doctors and pharmacists whose loyalty was to the dollar rather than the Hippocratic oath.While technology increased our connectivity, it was also increasingly exposing us--removing privacy as an option.
I'm a cancer survivor and deal with chronic pain--three surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation saved my life, but they also caused the long-term consequences of living with pain. I've benefited from these powerful drugs like millions of others that did and do so without abusing them. I have experienced the close attention and supervision of responsible doctors and their medical teams caring for patients who need and benefit from prescribed opioids. The problem is not the drugs; the real problem is the diversion of them from their intended medical use to recreational purposes. My personal view is that people with a destructive addiction are searching for a solution to something in their lives--mental disorders topping the list. And, as illustrated in Diversion, they are as likely to become addicted to alcohol as they are to opioids.
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