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
Characteristics: xii, 368 pages : maps ; 25 cm


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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.

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

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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