'Dreamland' author Sam Quinones discusses the U.S. opiate scourge

April 15, 2015 12:02 PM

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"It's a great day to be a heroin dealer in America," says Sam Quinones, the author of "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury; 384 pages, $28), a brisk and startling new book on painkiller and heroin addiction in the United States.

More than half a million Americans a year now use heroin, and many of those users' addictions began with pills like Oxycontin. "Dreamland" is the story of how the nation's addiction epidemic was nurtured into crisis by pharmaceutical salespeople and doctors who billed Oxycontin as a risk-free wonder...

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