Opium Eater

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“This book is so satisfying that at a slim 117 pages, you’ll be left wanting even more.” – Lauren Kirshner, Room Magazine

“An estimated 200,000 Canadians are addicted to legal opioid painkillers. Part memoir, part sociological study, Zwarenstein’s personal, easily digestible update to Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions takes us behind the headlines of overdose deaths to the myriad causes, which call for real political leadership. Urgent reading for an increasingly critical situation.”
– The Globe and Mail, 100 Best Books of 2016 

Opium Eater: The New Confessions (Nonvella, 2016) is available from Amazon.ca in Canada, and worldwide at  Amazon.com; from Chapters Indigo across Canada, and in select independent bookstores. You can also purchase copies directly from the author at bleedingheartcommunications@gmail.com. The book has been taught on graduate and undergraduate university courses since 2017.


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