In his debut novel, The More They Disappear, Donaldson writes a tale that seems stolen from our national headlines. He tackles the Oxycontin crisis and looks back at how it started in the mid-90s. The More They Disappear takes us to the front lines of the battle against small-town drug abuse in an unnerving tale of addiction, loss, and the battle to overcome the darkest parts of ourselves.
All the major features of Purdue's handling of OxyContin conform to similar acts of corporate fraud perpetrated in recent years. Still the story is peculiar in some key respects. Many times corporate fraud originates in some fairly innocent business model. Not so with OxyContin, a dubious affair from the start.
The power of painkillers is that they come in amber pill bottles, not little plastic bags. Their precise, factory-shaped contours make it easy for people -- even doctors -- to believe they aren't addictive. But the painkiller epidemic and the heroin epidemic are one and the same. And their addictions are equally horrific.