Dreamland the Story of America's New Opiate Epidemic

Dreamland the Story of America's New Opiate Epidemic

eBook - 2014
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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. Communities where heroin had never been seen before--from Charlotte, NC and Huntington, WVA, to Salt Lake City and Portland, OR--were overrun with it. Local police and residents were stunned. How could heroin, long considered a drug found only in the dense, urban environments along the East Coast, and trafficked into the United States by enormous Colombian drug cartels, be so incredibly ubiquitous in the American heartland? Who was bringing it here, and perhaps more importantly, why were so many townspeople suddenly eager for the comparatively cheap high it offered?

With the same dramatic drive of "El Narco" and "Methland," Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of American capitalism: The stories of young men in Mexico, independent of the drug cartels, in search of their own American Dream via the fast and enormous profits of trafficking cheap black-tar heroin to America's rural and suburban addicts; and that of Purdue Pharma in Stamford, Connecticut, determined to corner the market on pain with its new and expensive miracle drug, Oxycontin; extremely addictive in its own right. Quinones illuminates just how these two stories fit together as cause and effect: hooked on costly Oxycontin, American addicts were lured to much cheaper black tar heroin and its powerful and dangerous long-lasting high. Embroiled alongside the suppliers and buyers are DEA agents, local, small-town sheriffs, and the US attorney from eastern Virginia whose case against Purdue Pharma and Oxycontin made him an enemy of the Bush-era Justice Department, ultimately stalling and destroying his career in public service.

"Dreamland" is a scathing and incendiary account of drug culture and addiction spreading to every part of the American landscape.

Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9781620402511
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jul 24, 2016

Thorough, riveting, report on the prescription opiate and heroine epidemic in th US. We'll written, I couldn't put it down. Portland, UW, and Washington state's L & I program have important roles in the story.

Jan 20, 2016

A depressing story of how a misinterpreted medical journal article, a wonder drug that was supposed to have been non-addictive, and the Mexican-based heroin trade all intersected to create one of America's worst health care crises in decades. Bounces back and forth between cities to tell how this sordid tale accumulated. The aggressive marketing methods of the manufacturer of OxyContin in particular come into focus into this tale, including the deliberate minimization of side effects. The book points out the search for a non-addictive pain reliever has now been going on for eight decades, without success. At the present rate, it will never happen.


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