Beth Macy

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Barry Meier Character Analysis

Barry Meier is the author of the 2003 book Pain Killer, perhaps the first major book to look at the harmful addictive effects of OxyContin. His book looks at the work of Dr. Art Van Zee, and this is how Dopesick author Beth Macy first hears about him. Meier covers the opioid beat at the New York Times, but he gets taken off of it after Howard Udell from Purdue Pharma complains that Meier has a conflict of interest.

Barry Meier Quotes in Dopesick

The Dopesick quotes below are all either spoken by Barry Meier or refer to Barry Meier. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 2 Quotes

The doctors were witnessing the same thing that Lieutenant Stallard had seen a year earlier, in 1997, on the streets. “We had always had people using Lortabs and Percocets, but they were five- or ten-milligram pills you could take every day and still function. They didn’t have to have more,” Stallard said.

“The difference with OxyContin was it turned them into nonfunctioning people”

Page Number: 39
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Barry Meier Character Timeline in Dopesick

The timeline below shows where the character Barry Meier appears in Dopesick. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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Macy first learns about Van Zee from a 2003 book by Barry Meier called Pain Killer, which was one of the first books to explore the harmful effects... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...The two of them eventually align with Van Zee and Sister Beth after they read Barry Meier ’s 2003 book Pain Killer. Nuss and Bisch launch a grassroots nonprofit to oppose the... (full context)
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In 2005, Purdue lawyer Howard Udell goes after Barry Meier (author of Pain Killer and a New York Times journalist). Udell gets Meier taken off... (full context)