John McMillian is an associate professor of American history at Georgia State University. He is the author of Beatles vs. Stones and Smoking Typewriters, editor of American Epidemic (The New Press), and a co-editor of The Radical Reader and Protest Nation (both published by The New Press). He lives in Atlanta.
Praise for American Epidemic:
“A kaleidoscopic introduction to the devastation wrought by—and possible remedies for—the opioid crisis.”
"Each piece is well-written, and together they bring light to a quiet but deadly scourge, create plenty of sympathy for its victims, and inspire readers to consider what society can do.”
“These pieces are brave, clear-eyed, heartbreaking and pragmatic—but above all, they’re impossible to put down.”
—Seth Mnookin, professor of science writing, MIT, and author of The Panic Virus and the New York Times bestselling Feeding the Monster
“John McMillian has masterfully assembled a crucial window into the origins, expansion, and deepening devastation of the latest drug abuse nightmare to menace our society. American Epidemic also demonstrates the ugly racial and economic disparities that cynically distort our reactions to drug abuse.”
—Douglas A. Blackmon, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black People in America from the Civil War to World War II