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Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

Key insights from Sam Quinones'

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic


Key insights from Sam Quinones'

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

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Learn how corporate and private greed sparked America’s worst drug problem.

Until the advent of OxyContin, morphine and similar medications were stringently regulated. What caused this dramatic change in regulation? In this Snapshot, you’ll learn how misleading campaigns by pharmaceutical companies led to careless prescribing practices, for-profit “pill mill” pain clinics, and the perfect business opportunity for shrewd drug cartels.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Have lost a loved one to heroin addiction
  • Have struggled to get back to normal after an OxyContin prescription
  • Want to understand one of America’s biggest problems
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Introduction

Until recently, the heroin epidemic of the 2000s and 2010s in America had baffled the nation. Heroin had always been known as a hard street drug, one that faded in popularity after the close of the 1970s.

But suddenly, heroin could be found all over the country, widely available and widely used in rural Appalachian towns and in wealthy white coastal enclaves. Police were confounded as to how drug cartels were building such widespread networks, and sociologists and parents alike were at a loss to explain how their children –– football players, cheerleaders, and scholars with...

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