Dreamland

Dreamland

The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Book - 2015
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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, NY :, Bloomsbury Press,, 2015
ISBN: 9781620402504
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Characteristics: xii, 368 pages : maps ; 25 cm

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buttrfli60
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!

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Dougmarker
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.

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mclarjh
Jul 30, 2016

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

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Fishpantspeacock
Jul 25, 2016

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It's a good look at the opioid crisis in America and you will learn a lot

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PearlyBaker
Nov 14, 2015

This was like the War and Peace of opiate addiction. To say Sam Q. needs an editor and an abridged version is like saying I'm not great in relationships. Kind of understated is all I'm saying. I get that your a journalist but you're no longer getting paid by the word. And we are adults so we get it the first time but he restated everything in every way imaginable. The best part of the book was Perdue Pharmacy's testimony that , "It's an extreme anti-opioid discriminatory animus or zealotry known as opiophobia that informs, permeates, and perniciously corrupts the development and management of public health policy." This, when attorneys attempted to point out that OxyContin might could be a liiiiittle addictive. It's hard to determine what's worse an attorney, Big Pharma exec or Monsanto. It was interesting though to read the inside scoop of the opiate explosion but I'd suggest the Cliff's Notes.

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pageturner2015
Oct 06, 2015

Describes how the marketing and widespread use of prescription pain killers has led to increased heroin use across the country.

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Jan 10, 2017

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