Dopesick

Dopesick

by

Beth Macy

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Ed Bisch is a father from Philadelphia who doesn’t know anything about OxyContin or the opioid epidemic until the day that he learns his son Eddie has fatally overdosed. His son’s death inspires him to create the website OxyKills.com, which becomes one of the first places online where families of victims of the opioid epidemic can gather to share their stories.

Ed Bisch Quotes in Dopesick

The Dopesick quotes below are all either spoken by Ed Bisch or refer to Ed Bisch. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Back Bay Books edition of Dopesick published in 2018.
Chapter 3 Quotes

Though it took nearly a decade before police, the press, and drug-abuse experts fully understood what was happening, Ed Bisch watched the urbanization of the pill epidemic play out on his front lawn in 2001, as paramedics carried his son’s body away.

He retreated to his computer, where he was shocked to learn that his son’s death had been the region’s thirtieth opioid overdose in the past three months.

How was that possible when he’d only just learned the word? “The internet was still new, and back then it was mostly message boards as opposed to websites,” he said.

Related Characters: Ed Bisch, Eddie Bisch
Page Number: 60
Explanation and Analysis:
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Ed Bisch Character Timeline in Dopesick

The timeline below shows where the character Ed Bisch appears in Dopesick. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...those who die from overdoses are some of the first to organize a response. Ed Bisch, from Philadelphia, first learns about OxyContin on the day that his son Eddie dies of... (full context)
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Ed Bisch learns that his son Eddie wasn’t alone—that Eddie’s death was in fact the 30th overdose... (full context)
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Lee Nuss is another parent with a story similar to Bisch. She lost an 18-year-old son named Randy to the opioid epidemic. Though she initially hesitates... (full context)
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...that a federal grand jury is investigating Purdue, which gets the attention of Van Rooyan, Bisch, and the other RAPP parents. Leading the investigation are the assistant U.S. attorneys Randy Ramseyer... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...sends detailed notes to Sister Beth. Van Rooyan will also be there, as will Ed Bisch and Lee Nuss. They bring protest signs and memorials for their lost loved ones. The... (full context)