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Dreamland : true tales of America's opiate epidemic : [book discussion kit]

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For use by: Book discussion groups in the Pioneer Library System of New York.
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--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland. With a great reporter's narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. 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 town and mid-sized 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. Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents--Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.

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PLS Headquarters DREAMLAND (Text)
Book Discussion Kit
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008070101s2018 nyu eng d
020 . ‡a9781620402528 (paperback)
100 . ‡aQujinones, Sam, ‡eauthor.
24510. ‡aDreamland : ‡btrue tales of America's opiate epidemic : [book discussion kit] / ‡cSam Quinones.
24630. ‡aDream land
250 . ‡a[Book discussion group edition]
264 1. ‡aCanandaigua, New York : ‡b[Pioneer Library System], ‡c2018.
300 . ‡a8 identical paperback volumes (381 pages ; 21 cm) in tote bag + 1 notebook with discussion guide, author information, discussion group tips.
336 . ‡atext ‡btxt ‡2rdacontent
337 . ‡aunmediated ‡bn ‡2rdamedia
338 . ‡avolume ‡bnc ‡2rdacarrier
500 . ‡aTitle from tag attached to tote bag.
500 . ‡aAssembled by the Collection Development staff of the Pioneer Library System for use by book discussion groups.
500 . ‡aCopies of book published: Bloomsbury Press, 2016.
500 . ‡aDiscussion guide, author information and discussion group tips contained in accompanying notebook.
5050 . ‡a8 softcover copies of Dream Land -- A discussion guide -- Author information -- Discussion group tips.
5061 . ‡aFor use by: Book discussion groups in the Pioneer Library System of New York.
520 . ‡aIn 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--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland. With a great reporter's narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. 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 town and mid-sized 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. Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents--Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.
650 0. ‡aDrug traffic ‡zMexico.
650 0. ‡aDrug addiction ‡zUnited States.
650 0. ‡aHeroin abuse ‡zUnited States.
650 0. ‡aOxycodone abuse ‡zUnited States.
650 0. ‡aNarcotics ‡zUnited States.
650 0. ‡aAmerican Dream.
650 0. ‡aBook clubs (Discussion groups)
650 0. ‡aGroup reading.
655 0. ‡aYoung adult fiction.
7102 . ‡aPioneer Library System.
901 . ‡aAUTOGENERATED-7735 ‡bAUTOGEN ‡c589646 ‡tbiblio

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