Dreamland: the True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

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As an adult book, Sam Quinones's Dreamland took the world by storm, winning the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction and hitting at least a dozen Best Book of the Year lists. Now, adapted for the first time for a young adult audience, this compelling reporting explains the roots of the current opiate crisis. 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. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland. Quinones explains how the rise of the prescription drug OxyContin, a miraculous and extremely addictive painkiller pushed by pharmaceutical companies, paralleled the massive influx of black tar heroin--cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico's west coast, independent of any drug cartel.Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharmaceutical pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, teens, and parents--Dreamland is a revelatory account of the massive threat facing America and its heartland.

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display_descriptionJournalist 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, North Carolina and Huntington, West Virginia, to Salt Lake City and Portland, Oregon -- 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? Quinones weaves together two 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 U.S. 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.
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subject_facetAmerican Dream
Amerikanska dro?mmen
Drug Trafficking
Drug abuse -- United States
Drug addiction
Drug addiction -- Ohio -- Portsmouth
Drug addiction -- United States
Drug traffic -- Mexico
Electronic books
Fo?renta staterna
Heroin Dependence
Heroin abuse
Heroin abuse -- Ohio -- Portsmouth
Heroin abuse -- United States
Mexico
Narcotics
Narcotics -- Ohio -- Portsmouth
Narcotics -- United States
Narkotikamissbruk
Narkotikasmuggling
Oxycodone
Oxycodone -- Ohio -- Portsmouth
Oxycodone -- United States
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Disease & Health Issues
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues
TRUE CRIME -- General
TRUE CRIME / General
True crime
United States
Young adult literature
title_displayDreamland : the true tale of America's opiate epidemic
title_fullDreamland : the True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic / Sam Quinones
Dreamland : the true tale of America's opiate epidemic / Sam Quinones
Dreamland The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
title_shortDreamland
title_subthe True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
topic_facetAmerican Dream
Amerikanska dro?mmen
Criminology
Disease & Health Issues
Drug Trafficking
Drug abuse
Drug addiction
Drug traffic
General
Heroin Dependence
Heroin abuse
Narcotics
Narkotikamissbruk
Narkotikasmuggling
Nonfiction
Oxycodone
Politics
SOCIAL SCIENCE
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues
Sociology
TRUE CRIME
TRUE CRIME / General
True crime