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Sam Quinones' 'Dreamland' Paints a Haunting Picture of Heroin in the Americas

Kerri Miller - MPR News
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April 11, 2016
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Drug overdose-related deaths have been rising, and the abuse of opioids is widespread. In 2014, 47,055 people died from overdoses in the U.S. - the highest number on record.

Quinones knows the story well.

As he chronicles the explosion of prescription drug abuse, and how it so often leads to heroin abuse, he writes that its victims were "the daughters of preachers, the sons of cops and doctors ... the children of contractors and teachers and business owners and bankers."

"Dreamland" is extraordinary for its scope and depth.

Quinones takes us to a small town in Mexico that sends its sons north to deal heroin, and to cities like Portland, Ore.; Salt Lake City; Columbus, Ohio; and Minneapolis that seem to have an unquenchable thirst for it.

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