Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

Join the Read. Awareness. Dialogue. Action. (R.A.D.A.) book discussion on Sunday Nov. 18th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Central Library (7th floor)

We will discuss Sam Quinones landmark book, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic (2015). Building on extensive research and many in depth interviews, Quinones takes a deep dive into the opiate epidemic in the United States. He traces the roots and explains the dynamics of a phenomena that currently results in 50,000+ overdose deaths a year in this country.

Written with finesse, compassion and great storytelling, Dreamland weaves together the complex and multifaceted nature of the oxycodone and heroin addiction problem within our society.

Other books:

In Dopesick: Dealer, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America (2018), Beth Macy chronicles America’s 20 year struggle with opioid addiction.

Lloyd Sederer’s The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs looks at possible treatments and principles of prevention.

Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction (2017) by Travis Lupick tells the two decades story of a grassroots group of opioid addicts organizing in Vancouver, B.C.

Personal stories of how opioid addiction has affected their own lives are shared in The Weight of a Feather: A Mother’s Journey Through the Opiate Crisis (2018) by Lynda Hacker Araoz and in Pill Head:The Secret Life of a Painkiller Addict (2009) by Joshua Lyon.

Dvds that explore this crisis include PBS’ Understanding the Opioid Epidemic (2018) and ABC’s One Nation, Overdosed (2018).



Written by J.Allen on November 13, 2018