Dopesickness is a colloquial term for symptoms of withdrawal that come when a person suddenly stops using opioids (the opioid heroin is sometimes called “dope”). It’s extremely unpleasant, and some addicts keep using just to avoid the effects of dopesickness. The book is titled Dopesick not just because of this slang term, but also because the United States itself is “sick” from the opioid epidemic.
Dopesick Term Timeline in Dopesick
The timeline below shows where the term Dopesick appears in Dopesick. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...who started the fire looks like a poor junkie who is desperate to avoid being dopesick. His circumstances are very different from Spencer Mumpower, who went to private school and several... (full context)
...fly to Jacksonville for another attempt at treatment. His friend Dennis, however, is vomiting from dopesickness and buys heroin to ease it. Jesse is reluctant at first, but since he’s also... (full context)