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The Book

How the Journey Began:

On December 2, 2004, Gwen Olsen’s niece Megan committed suicide by setting herself on fire – and ended her tortured life as a victim of the adverse effects of prescription drugs. Olsen’s poignant autobiographical journey through the darkness of mental illness and the catastrophic consequences that lurk in medicine cabinets around the country offers an honest glimpse into alarming statistics and a health care system ranked last among nineteen industrialized nations worldwide.

As a former sales representative in the pharmaceutical industry for several years, Olsen learned firsthand how an unprecedented number of lethal drugs are unleashed in the United States market, but her most heartrending education into the dangers of antidepressants would come as a victim and ultimately, as a survivor. Rigorously researched and documented, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher is a moving human drama that shares one woman’s unforgettable journey of faith, forgiveness, and healing.


IPPY Outstanding Book of the Year Award Winner

“Independent publishers are the truth tellers,” says awards director Jim Barnes. “They aren’t afraid to stir things up and expose injustice. To these publishers, telling the truth and fighting for a cause comes before making a profit. Luckily, readers respond to a heart-felt call for change when it’s done with honesty and creativity. These are the books that win our awards and these are the books that can help solve the world’s social, political and economic problems.”

The awards annually name 12 Outstanding Books of the Year, recognizing titles that “take chances and break new ground” in categories such as Most Likely to Save the Planet and Storyteller of the Year. This year’s recipients represent some of the English-speaking world’s most daring and distinctive writing and publishing.

Winner Links:

Writer’s World – Awards and Recognition
(scroll down to bottom of page to see Gwen’s award)

2010 IPPY Awards
Gwen in IUniverse