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The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth

The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth

by Sam Quinones
The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth

The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth

by Sam Quinones


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Apple Best Books of 2021
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal * Shortlisted for the Zocalo Book Prize

From the New York Times bestselling author of Dreamland, a searing follow-up that explores the terrifying next stages of the opioid epidemic and the quiet yet ardent stories of community repair.

Sam Quinones traveled from Mexico to main streets across the U.S. to create Dreamland, a groundbreaking portrait of the opioid epidemic that awakened the nation. As the nation struggled to put back the pieces, Quinones was among the first to see the dangers that lay ahead: synthetic drugs and a new generation of kingpins whose product could be made in Magic Bullet blenders. In fentanyl, traffickers landed a painkiller a hundred times more powerful than morphine. They laced it into cocaine, meth, and counterfeit pills to cause tens of thousands of deaths-at the same time as Mexican traffickers made methamphetamine cheaper and more potent than ever, creating, Sam argues, swaths of mental illness and a surge in homelessness across the United States.

Quinones hit the road to investigate these new threats, discovering how addiction is exacerbated by consumer-product corporations. “In a time when drug traffickers act like corporations and corporations like traffickers,” he writes, “our best defense, perhaps our only defense, lies in bolstering community.” Amid a landscape of despair, Quinones found hope in those embracing the forgotten and ignored, illuminating the striking truth that we are only as strong as our most vulnerable.

Weaving analysis of the drug trade into stories of humble communities, The Least of Us delivers an unexpected and awe-inspiring response to the call that shocked the nation in Sam Quinones's award-winning Dreamland.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781639730476
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/01/2022
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 101,941
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter, and author of four acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction, including New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic. "The most original writer on Mexico and the border" (San Francisco Chronicle), he lives with his family in Southern California.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I

Angie and Starla I: Alone 13

The Project I: Chicago 15

Neuroscience I: "A Critical Point" 20

Meth I: "Streets of Bakersfield" 24

Janssen 33

Sacklers I: "Overworked and Unprepared Doctors" 40

Henderson 47

The Project II: Toluca, Mexico 51

Clarksburg I: Doc O 57

Part II

Angie and Starla II: "Like Our Family Survived and Had a Baby" 73

Fentanyl I: Magic Bullet 77

Neuroscience II: "These Rats Weren't on Heroin. They Were on Sugar" 81

Fentanyl II: Tommy Rauh 85

Fentanyl III: "Is This Really Happening?" 93

Fentanyl IV: Gordon Jin 102

Sacklers II: "A Fresh Start" 110

Muncie I 118

Muncie II 123

Muncie III 130

Part III

Angie and Starla III: "Who Do You Belong To?" 137

Neuroscience III: "Built to Be Social" 143

Fentanyl V: Kingpins 156

Fentanyl VI: "The Intention Is Very Deliberate" 168

Sacklers III: "A Dangerous Concentration of Risk" 173

Meth II: P2P 181

Meth III: Ephedrine's Last Gasp 188

Hardin County I 193

Hardin County II 200

Hardin County III 210

Part IV

Angie and Starla IV: "We'll Figure Out a Way" 219

Neuroscience IV: "Modern Skulls House a Stone-Age Mind" 224

Eric and Mundo I: "All of a Sudden You're Stuck" 230

Meth IV: "Just Escapes All Limits" 233

Kenton County I 244

Meth V: "There's No Way Into That Person" 258

Kenton County II 271

Sacklers IV: "The Incentives Were Tilted" 278

Kenton County III 286

Part V

Angie and Starla V: "The One to Make It Out" 295

Neuroscience V: "Craveable, Mind-Blowing Flavor" 300

Meth VI: Pimps & Tents 305

Meth VII: Colt 312

Meth VIII: Rashad 318

Sacklers V: "We Feel Absolutely Terrible" 327

Clarksburg II: "A Meth Apocalypse" 336

Clarksburg III: Saving the Despised 348

Eric and Mundo II: Leave the Drug, Gain the World 357

The Least of Us 361

Angie and Starla VI 372

Epilogue: Return to Dreamland 375

Afterword 391

Acknowledgments 400

Vocabulary 401

Notes 403

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