Summary

In his first book, author Jason Smith explores the depravity and desperation required to maintain an opiate addiction so fierce, he finds himself jumping continents to avoid jail time and learns the hard way that some demons cannot be outrun. While teaching in Europe, he meets a prostitute who secures drugs for him at the dangerous price of helping out the Russian Mafia; in China he gets his Percocet and Xanax fixes but terrifies a crowd of children and parents at his job in the process; and in Mexico Smith thought a Tijuana jail cell would be the perfect place to kick his Fentanyl habit but soon realizes that the power of addiction is stronger than his desire to escape it.
The Bitter Taste of Dying paints a portrait of the modern-day drug addict with clarity and refreshing honesty. With a gritty mixture of self-deprecation and lighthearted confessional, Smith's memoir deftly describes the journey into the harrowing depths of addiction and demonstrates the experience of finally being released from it.
©2015 Jason Smith (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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By suzanne on 22-02-17

Another addiction story..

Addiction is horrible. His story is proof that drugs are the devil. As a non-addict, it is so difficult to get inside the mind of an addict, but his story really comes close to illustrating the grip that addiction has on those most vulnerable.

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5 out of 5 stars
By samiam2029 on 07-06-16

Put this off for a long time - but LOVED it! Wish I hadn't waited!!!

Something about the description of the book made me add this one to my wish list, but also caused me to skip it time and time again. Something about the international travel in the summary just put me off... What a shame! I've read dozens of books about addiction, a topic I am really interested in, and this might have been the best, most-relatable, most amusing and interesting book so far! I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend it... Perhaps most of all (but not only if) you are interested in the story of how prescription drug addiction can effect one's life.



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