Addiction and Overdose

Confronting an American Crisis

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Drug overdosing and death from prescription painkillers and heroin are at epidemic levels in the United States. How do people become addicted to opioids and other dangerous drugs, and why? Meet the experts who study the neurology of addiction. Hear stories of addicts in recovery, and of loved ones left behind by those who died from overdosing. Discover more about the social and economic costs of overdosing and learn about scientific research to decrease it. Learn about the connection between addiction and mental health disorders. Find out how to identify signs of addiction and overdose and what you can do to help someone get assistance.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Nonfiction, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Social Studies, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Health and Human Body
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2017-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 11.6
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN025230, YAN024000, YAN051070
Dewey 362.290973
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1160
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, and Source notes



“[A] well-constructed, comprehensive text. . . . [A] much-needed book for public and school libraries . . .”—VOYA

Kirkus Reviews

“A chronicle exposing facts and challenges confronting drug addiction and overdose in America. . . . [A] crucial topic.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“®eads like narrative nonfiction. . . . Purchase this selection to update collections on social issues related to drugs and addiction.”—School Library Journal

Author: Connie Goldsmith

Connie Goldsmith writes books about history, health, and science for older children. A retired RN with a master's degree in health, Ms. Goldsmith lives near Sacramento, California.