Dreamland is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.
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One of the most fascinating books I have ever read ...this was a real eye opener
Well written, well researched book. The author weaves the connections between prescription pain drugs and illicit use of heroin. Distribution by low key dealers of heroin to the abuse of prescription pain medication by the medical/industrial complex.
By Bogey 821
On balance his reporting is good. But he does get very preachy at the end. It’s as if he knows his mainstream media readers expect it. He almost can’t help himself. And good grief man, employ an editor. The book was obviously put together from feature stories and notes he wrote over the years. But is it too much to ask to edit some of the background and stories so I don’t have to read them multiple times. He is a little too sympathetic to the Mexicans but he honestly reports on their motivation. The pill mills and Purdue’s motivation is just good old fashion greed. In fact the confluence of greed, addiction, and the vanishing rust belt economy was a recipe for disaster. The medical establishment has some blame as well. Although their intentions were good (finding safer ways to relieve chronic pain) their due diligence was seriously lacking in breadth.
Amazing research on this epidemic
I am truly amazed by this book. As someone who has been touched by this unfortunate opiate epidemic, I often asked myself how did this happen and why was I so blindsided by it? This recounting is almost a reconciliation in the fact that we can all be taken at our most vulnerable moments. I was so happy to see that in the end, we truly are all responsible for our communities. Whether you are an addict or not, I think this author shows us that being human means standing up against an enemy who threatens your community with passion and forgiveness.
Dreamland is very informative
Great book. Halfway through it at the moment. Really helps understand how the opiate addiction leading to heroin got started. Talks about the Pharma's role and abuse of power. Doctors roles in overprescribing for pain relief and especially lots of details on the supply chain of black tar heroin from Mexico and how the distribution chains work in the US. I bought Kindle edition for just a little over $7. Sorry ITunes. You're too bad expensive much of the time though I like how iBooks works better than Kindle.
By Jack Manx
This was a very interesting book. I learned a lot.
This is truly a good non-fiction story. It has love and hate, good and evil, destruction and a kind of redemption. It is a story of corporate greed and how it affects Main Street America and the unintended consequences of trying to ease human pain. Most of all it is about where good intentions and the path to Hell often intersect.