Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic Themes

Sam Quinones
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Confluence of Destructive Factors

What makes the modern wave of opiate abuse a true epidemic, according to Quinones, is the way that several concurrent forces decimated suburban America in a way that few escaped. The scope and magnitude of the epidemic are the result of multiple waves of influence, primarily the wave carrying OxyContin westward from Purdue's Connecticut home and the Xalisco heroin network's journey eastward toward the Mississippi River. As these two waves raced toward each other, rendering as many people slaves to the morphine molecule as possible, several outside forces created large waves in their own spheres, seemingly funneling people into the wake of opiate addiction; these forces include the medical community's pain revolution and the invent of modern pharmaceutical advertising. The result of this perfect storm of influences, with their "catastrophic synergy," is the opiate epidemic (318).

Around the same time the nation's medical professionals were being...

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