Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic
by Sam Quinones (2015)
Discussion Leader: Hank Gorman
More Americans now die from opioid overdoses than die in car wrecks. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies earn billions of dollars using opioid-based painkiller prescriptions. The epidemic is centered in Appalachia, following economic decline into the rust belt. Quinones chronicles the decline of Portsmouth Ohio, the pill-mill capital of America as people move from prescription pills to illegally acquired pills to heroin. He traces the connections between drug-dealers and the Mexican cartels. This book bridges economics, sociology, psychology, criminology, history, and pharmacology as well as law enforcement.