Book Club Guide: Dreamland The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

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The day has finally come... I created a book club guide for a MALE AUTHOR WHHATTTT. Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by journalist Sam Quinones shows you how dealers from rural, ranchero Mexico completely transformed opioid usage in the United States. He goes into detail how big pharma pushing prescription opioids was also crucial in converting many users to heroin.

This is a powerful and transformational read. In bold on the back of the book, it says, "A book every American should read" and we can't help but agree with them. “Overdose deaths involving opiates rose from ten a day in 1999 to one every half hour by 2012.” Pg 190 You'll learn about the heroes and villains involved in the opioid crisis, big pharma's role and how OxyContin ultimately became a gateway to heroin, and how the Xalisco boys of Nayarit, Mexico came to dominate and completely change America's usage with their black tar variation of the drug. 

“As heroin and OxyContin addiction consumed the children of America’s white middle class, parents hid the truth and fought the scourge alone. “When your kid’s dying from a brain tumor or leukemia, the whole community shows up,” said the mother of two addicts. “ They bring casseroles. They pray for you. They send you cards. When your kids on heroin, you don’t hear from anybody, until they die. Then everybody comes and they don’t know what to say.” Pg 290

We've created a guide to help move your book club discussion along. Here you'll find general plot points, quotes, discussion questions, and related links. You can download the guide

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