The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Book - 2015
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In fascinating detail, Sam Quinones chronicles how, over the past 15 years, enterprising sugar cane farmers in a small county on the west coast of Mexico created a unique distribution system that brought black tar heroin--the cheapest, most addictive form of the opiate, 2 to 3 times purer than its white powder cousin--to the veins of people across the United States.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury Press,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781620402504
Branch Call Number: 362.293 Quinones 04/2015
Characteristics: xii, 368 pages :,maps ;,25 cm


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Dreamland tells the tale of America's opiate epidemic in a way that feels as though you are
hearing it firsthand; it weaves the stories of addicts and activists alike into a novel that is enticing and shocking. Quinones writes a novel that shows the behind the scenes of an epidemic that hits clos... Read More »

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Sep 15, 2019

Progressing through this, the themes appeared over and over; unscrupulous medical professionals and hopeless public administration, people with pain and suffering looking for relief, opportunistic and carefully organized illegal drug cartels/retailers, towns and cities with holes blown through the middle of their economy and the lives of their citizens. It was so tiring to see this happening all through the eastern and middle United States, and eventually to the west as well. So frightening, and such unconscienable applications of the rules of commerce and a proper relationship with our fellow humans. Absolutely depressing, but it clearly communicates the extent of social damage done to families by the opioid death epidemic.

Nov 02, 2018

Left off on p 89

Sep 19, 2018

Xalisco Boys' success can rival the best case study in business schools, it's almost too ingenious to be credible. Purdue Pharma led prescription drug dealing is astounding, but also classic. Well structured narrative is thorough, broad and digging deep. On human aspect of the demand for morphine molecule, my search for missing pieces in the analysis was fulfilled in final chapters.

May 01, 2018

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a book about a problem facing society today. it takes place near my hometown. it was definately differant to read the book and see that it is true because i can look right up the street to see real time examples. the book is written in a very easy to read style. although true it reads almost like a fiction book. unfortunately it is not.

Mar 19, 2018

This book brought home the sheer greed of pharmaceutical company executives. They are absolutely a government-supported drug cartel in many ways. Also very disturbing: the most devious of the doctors who wrote millions of opiate subscriptions to encourage addiction so that he could grow his wealth was a man named Dr. David Procter, who is a Canadian, who after 12 years in prison, was deported back to Canada and now lives in Toronto. I sure hope he is not practicing medicine here today. If so, it would be sheer negligence on the part of the Canadian government and medical association to allow this man to ever hold a prescription pad in his hand again.

Jan 05, 2018

JUly 2018

Aug 31, 2017

In the chapter "The Poppy" on page 55, he says that one of the brand names that the heroin dealers came up with in the 1970s was "Obamacare". What?? Obama was just a little kid in the 1970s.

Cynthia_N Apr 17, 2017

Quinones did a great job of bringing together the factors that created the current drug epidemic. I definitely have a solid understanding of how we got here. Slow read but so worth it!

Feb 26, 2017

I found this book tedious. He has a fascinating, alarming story to tell, but the book is constructed in seemingly random vignettes lacking structure. It becomes repetitive quickly.

Jul 30, 2016

Good storytelling. My only criticism is the lack of discussion about racism and classism.

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