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Recovering Opiate Addict Wins Rave Reviews With Debut Memoir

Rarely has a memoir debuted to such high praise, but The Bitter Taste of Dying has exploded onto the scene with rave reviews by New York Times Bestselling authors Jerry Stahl, Jason Peter, and Kelly Corrigan.

According to the 2010 National Survey on Drugs Use and Health, “an estimated 2.4 million Americans used prescription drugs non-medically for the first time in the past year. This averages about 6,600 initiates per day, of which one-third are 12 to 17 years of age.”

In his memoir, author Jason Smith reveals how easily he fell into prescription drug abuse in high school. Then he 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.

"Jason is a great writer who's clearly done the life-destroying research that I can relate to. This is the voice of a new generation of drug addicts." Jerry Stahl, NY Times bestselling author of Permanent Midnight and Happy Mutant Baby Pills

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 light-hearted confessional, Smith’s memoir deftly describes the journey into the harrowing depths of addiction and demonstrates the experience of finally being released from it.

“This is an important book: the truth-telling on every page exposes the lethal secret shared by millions of Americans.” – Grace Katie Bell, MSN, RN-BC

JASON SMITH is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, whose work has been published extensively in both online and print media. His eclectic style ranges from personal essays to investigative reporting, drawing on his own personal travels and experiences. Jason currently lives in northern California with his wife Megan and two children, Jaden and Isabella.

The Bitter Taste of Dying is available for preorder and will be released by Thought Catalog Books, Brooklyn, New York July 6th, 2015.

Jason Smith is available for interviews, contributions, and appearances. To schedule a media event, order books, or request review copies, please contact

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Christa Wojciechowski, Publicity Manager
Kissimmee, FL 34744

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