October 23, 2018 at 5:30pm

Book cover image for Dreamland : the true tale of America's opiate epidemicDreamland : the true tale of America's opiate epidemic

by Sam Quinones

Published: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2016

Call number: HV5840.M4 Q56 2016

Publisher description: "With a great reporter's narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two tales of capitalism catastrophically run amok. 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 towns and midsize 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."