Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic: Young Adult Adaptation

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic: Young Adult Adaptation

by Sam Quinones


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781547601318
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 237,068
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sam Quinones is a journalist, author and storyteller whose two acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction about Mexico and Mexican immigration made him, according to the SF Chronicle Book Review, "the most original writer on Mexico and the border." He lives in Los Angeles.


Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I The Pills 5

Portsmouth, Ohio 7

OxyContin 13

Addiction 20

Pill Mills 27

The Oxy Trade 33

Discovery 42

Part 2 Heroin 49

Enrique 51

Tienditas 60

Delivered Like Pizza 67

The Man 75

Columbus, Ohio 83

New Mexico 90

Operation Tar Pit 96

Part 3 A New Dreamland 101

Ground Zero 103

Importing Pills 109

Black Gold 114

Corporate Crimes 122

Tidal Wave 130

Silence 136

Part 4 Responding 141

A New Approach 143

Treatment 151

Untreatable Pain 156

Everywhere 166

Changes 174

Portsmouth 180

Photo Album 191

Discussion Guide 195

Resources for Teens 197

Sources 198

Photograph Credits 206

Index 207

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