Dreamland the Story of America's New Opiate Epidemic

Dreamland the Story of America's New Opiate Epidemic

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Bloomsbury
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.

Baker & Taylor
An explosive true account of addiction, marketing and the making of an epidemic weaves together the story of Purdue Pharma's campaign to market OxyContin, while, at the same time, a massive influx of black tar heroin took the county by storm through an almost unbreakable marking and distribution system.

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

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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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