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Dreamland
The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
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As an adult book, Sam Quinones's Dreamland took the world by storm, winning the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction and hitting at least a dozen Best Book of the Year lists. Now, adapted for the first...
As an adult book, Sam Quinones's Dreamland took the world by storm, winning the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction and hitting at least a dozen Best Book of the Year lists. Now, adapted for the first...
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  • As an adult book, Sam Quinones's Dreamland took the world by storm, winning the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction and hitting at least a dozen Best Book of the Year lists. Now, adapted for the first time for a young adult audience, this compelling reporting explains the roots of the current opiate crisis.
    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. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland. Quinones explains how the rise of the prescription drug OxyContin, a miraculous and extremely addictive painkiller pushed by pharmaceutical companies, paralleled the massive influx of black tar heroin—cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico's west coast, independent of any drug cartel.

    Introducing a memorable cast of characters—pharmaceutical pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, teens, and parents—Dreamland is a revelatory account of the massive threat facing America and its heartland.

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  • Sam Quinones is a journalist, author and storyteller whose two acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction about Mexico and Mexican immigration made him, according to the SF Chronicle Book Review, "the most original writer on Mexico and the border." His book, Dreamland, won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction.

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  • Kirkus

    May 15, 2019
    In this young adult adaptation of his adult title Dreamland (2015), seasoned journalist Quinones narrates a fast-paced exposé of the opiate epidemic. The story begins and ends in Portsmouth, Ohio, a leader in both societal decline due to addiction and, years later, hope for recovering addicts. Quinones lays out the causes of the epidemic as if bringing together puzzle pieces. Purdue Pharma's ad campaign targeting physicians downplayed the addictive nature of painkillers; physicians overprescribed them, most--but not all--with sincere intentions of helping their patients. A seemingly endless stream of Mexican drug dealers sought out the addict population as customers for their imported black tar heroin, which provided the same euphoria but with less cost and inconvenience. Presented as victims are the addicts--predominantly white families, at first poor and rural, later from privileged backgrounds. The efforts of law enforcement and public health officials to tackle the problem are detailed. Personal profiles crafted from interviews keep things interesting, and the technical descriptions of the various drug forms and the history of opiates are informative. Although the author describes the radical about-face by lawmakers who took a "tough on crime" approach to drugs when victims were predominantly black, readers may finish the book with the impression that Mexicans have wreaked havoc on innocent white lives. A scrupulously researched, well-crafted tale that sheds light on a timely topic. (epilogue, photographs, reading guide, source notes) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

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  • Booklist

    June 1, 2019
    Grades 8-12 This young adult adaptation of 2015's widely acclaimed study of the opioid crisis begins in 1929 with Portsmouth, Ohio, where the community hub was once a swimming pool called Dreamland. From there, we are taken on a carefully researched journey through America and beyond, as anecdotal stories show how the epidemic has overrun small towns and suburbs throughout the country. Quinones lays out a historical narrative, tracing the use of opiates in medicine, detailing how a pharmaceutical company found a legal way to produce more addicts, and explaining why government research has been percolating so long. He examines the struggle of law enforcement to quell this disaster, as well as the various solutions still being considered, from reforming drug laws to finding ways to help recovering addicts. This riveting tale will introduce readers to the tiny Mexican state of Nayarit, the heart of the crisis, where a small town of nonviolent drug dealers has shaped the face of this critical period in American history.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

  • The Wall Street Journal This fast-moving and relatively austere account will acquaint teen readers with important elements of the opioid epidemic, though this discussion is only a gateway, if you will, to a deeper story of distress. Yet it ends on a note of quiet hope. Having hit bottom, Portsmouth, Ohio, is turning itself around. "Once a junkie's haven," Mr. Quinones writes, it is now a place with a culture of recovery, "a refuge for those seeking a new life."
  • Shelf Awareness A sharp, engrossing work of narrative nonfiction.
  • Kirkus Reviews A scrupulously researched, well-crafted tale that sheds light on a timely topic.

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