Dreamland

Dreamland

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
1620402505
9781620402528
Characteristics: xii, 368 pages : maps ; 25 cm

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A fascinating account of how a small town in Mexico was a major player in the spread of "black tar" heroin in the U.S.

The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.


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swheeler89
Nov 13, 2018

I wanted to like this book more than I did. The anecdotes and various story-lines were fascinating and the author's thesis was challenging, but the style was too choppy for me. While I would still recommend this book due to the relevance and the importance that dialogue can have on helping fight an epidemic, at times the read was too exhaustive (and name intensive). Might have enjoyed it more if it were two books instead of one?..

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jduff79
Nov 02, 2018

Left off on p 89

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xiaojunbpl12
Sep 19, 2018

Xalisco Boys' success can rival the best case study in business schools, it's almost too ingenious to be credible. Purdue Pharma led prescription drug dealing is astounding, but also classic. Well structured narrative is thorough, broad and digging deep. On human aspect of the demand for morphine molecule, my search for missing pieces in the analysis was fulfilled in final chapters.

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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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