Dopesick

Dopesick

by

Beth Macy

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Jamie Waldrop is the mother of former opioid addict Christopher. She meets Drenna Banks at a Families Anonymous meeting and becomes involved with the Hope Initiative for addiction treatment that Chris Perkins founds. After helping her son, Christopher, through many rounds of expensive rehab, she tries to help others struggling with addiction in her local area, including Tess Henry. Though she initially opposes addiction treatments that involve medication, like buprenorphine, she keeps an open mind and becomes an influential advocate for people struggling with addiction in her area.
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Jamie Waldrop Character Timeline in Dopesick

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Chapter 6
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Two mothers of opioid users meet and bond at a Families Anonymous meeting: Jamie Waldrop and Drenna Banks. Jamie and her family end up paying more than $300,000 while... (full context)
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Christopher, however, does relapse. Jamie refuses to bail him out financially again. Instead, she takes him to a hotel for... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...and prison. Janine is the first to tell Perkins she wants in on his idea. Jamie Waldrop (mother of Christopher) is the second to join Perkins’s initiative. (full context)
Chapter 10
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Jamie Waldrop and Janine Underwood of the Hope Initiative are opposed to buprenorphine because, based on... (full context)
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...Macy to come get her. Macy ultimately decides to forward the texts to Patricia and Jamie Waldrop, and the subject doesn’t come up again. (full context)
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...out of jail in early June. They argue violently, and Tess disappears, prompting Patricia and Jamie to worry and file a missing-persons report. It turns out Tess stole a car and... (full context)
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...fall, Tess is still alternating between the streets, jail, and a women’s shelter. Tess tells Jamie she wants long-term treatment. Jamie knows this period is a critical window: many opioid users... (full context)
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In October 2016, Jamie and Macy visit Tess in a psych ward, where she has checked herself in due... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Patricia and Jamie arrange it so that Tess can go immediately from the hospital to treatment in Nevada,... (full context)