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Dreamland: How America Got Addicted to Heroin

Adam Raney - Al Jazeera
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June 7, 2015

Why Heroin Abuse Is on the Rise in America (Seeker Daily)

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
by Sam Quinones
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More than half a million Americans now use heroin every year. For many of those users, their addictions began with painkillers like OxyContin.

In his new book "Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s New Opiate Epidemic," Sam Quinones tells the story of how the nation's addiction epidemic was nurtured into a crisis by pharmaceutical salespeople and doctors who promoted OxyContin as a risk-free wonder drug and by traffickers from a small village in Mexico, who delivered black tar heroin to desperate pill addicts in cities and suburbs across the U.S.

Compass spoke with Quinones about some of the larger themes of the crisis and what’s next for a country addicted to heroin.

Read the interview at Al Jazeera

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