Dreamland the Story of America's New Opiate Epidemic

Dreamland the Story of America's New Opiate Epidemic

eBook - 2014
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Winner of the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction Named on Amazon's Best Books of the Year 2015--Michael Botticelli, U.S. Drug Czar ( Politico ) Favorite Book of the Year--Angus Deaton, Nobel Prize Economics ( Bloomberg / WSJ ) Best Books of 2015--Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky ( WSJ ) Books of the Year--Slate.com's 10 Best Books of 2015-- Entertainment Weekly 's 10 Best Books of 2015 --Buzzfeed's 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015--The Daily Beast's Best Big Idea Books of 2015-- Seattle Times ' Best Books of 2015-- Boston Globe 's Best Books of 2015-- St. Louis Post-Dispatch 's Best Books of 2015-- The Guardian 's The Best Book We Read All Year--Audible's Best Books of 2015-- Texas Observer 's Five Books We Loved in 2015--Chicago Public Library's Best Nonfiction Books of 2015 From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma to main streets nationwide, an explosive and shocking account of addiction in the heartland of America. In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland . With a great reporter's narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma's campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive--extremely addictive--miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin--cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico's west coast, independent of any drug cartel--assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico. Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents--Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Bloomsbury Press,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781620402511
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Anita_Dickey
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.

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annod
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.

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MiriamMihokHopkin
Jan 05, 2018

JUly 2018

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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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tikirose
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.

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rpavlacic
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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