Watchung Booksellers Hosts Charlotte Bismuth, Author of Bad Medicine

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Watchung Booksellers is pleased to host Charlotte Bismuth, author of “Bad Medicine: Catching New York’s Deadliest Pill Pusher,” as part of its ongoing Evening with the Author virtual events. She will be in conversation with journalist Jaime Bedrin on Wednesday, March 31, at 7:30 pm.


In 2010, a brave whistleblower alerted the police to Dr. Stan Li’s corrupt pain management clinic in Queens, New York. Li spent years supplying more than seventy patients a day with oxycodone and Xanax, trading prescriptions for cash. Emergency room doctors, psychiatrists, and desperate family members warned him that his patients were at risk of death but he would not stop.

In Bad Medicine, former prosecutor Charlotte Bismuth meticulously recounts the jaw-dropping details of this criminal case that would span four years, culminating in a landmark trial. As a new assistant district attorney and single mother, Bismuth worked tirelessly with her team to bring Dr. Li to justice. Bad Medicine is a chilling story of corruption and greed and an important look at the role individual doctors play in America’s opioid epidemic.

The event is free. Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/badmedicine

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  1. “Emergency room doctors, psychiatrists, and desperate family members warned him that his patients were at risk of death but he would not stop.”

    Wow.
    A lot of professionals issuing advisories. A lot of pharmacists. A lot of retail on our very streets. And then they just went home.

    Until there was an inescapable, mushrooming financial cost and nowhere to pass it on.

    In the end, this opioid epidemic is a story of an epidemic. However, it didn’t go viral. It didn’t go exponential. It was just a linear progression.

    Just a linear progression.

    And yet, it became omnipresent. Everywhere. The middle of Iowa. The Northern plains.

    I am fascinated whether the reading public will link what they picked up about the coronavirus pandemics with the particularly American national epidemic.

    Nah.

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