“It’s a great day to be a heroin dealer in America,” says Sam Quinones, the author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury: 384 pp., $19.30 hardcover), a brisk and startling new book on painkiller and heroin addiction in the United States.
“Dreamland” is the story of how the nation’s addiction epidemic was nurtured into crisis by pharmaceutical salespeople and doctors who billed Oxycontin as a risk-free wonder drug and by an enterprising network of traffickers from a small village in Mexico who delivered black-tar heroin on demand to desperate pill addicts in midsized cities and suburbs across the U.S.
Although Quinones’ story hops around the country, the path of addiction is always easy to trace. “Wherever those pills go,” says Quinones, a former Los Angeles Times reporter, “heroin comes.”
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Source: LATimes.com – April 10, 2015