My Wednesday wanna-read this week follows a path similar to many of my other selections: it is slightly morbid and depressing.
My pick is Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones.
This book details the rise of the heroin and pill epidemic in the United States over the last decade and a half. It also describes how the crack down on ‘pill mills’ caused addicts to seek other options to get their high–many of them turning to the cheaper alternative of heroin.
Quinones specifically looks at black tar heroin, which is more potent than the traditional white powder heroin. (I’m getting that from Goodreads, I have no idea if it really is. I’ll take Quinones’ word for it.)
With an average rating of more than 4 stars on Goodreads, reviews describe this book as being important to solving America’s drug problem and understanding how heroin became the problem it is.
As someone who covers crime for a newspaper, I see the impact heroin (and other drugs) have on people on a daily basis. People become so desperate for a high–and for money to buy the drugs to achieve it–they will do just about anything.
Drugs and addiction are no joke.
Quinones’ book has garnered a lot of national chatter and has been compared to another book which is on my want-to-read list: Methland by Nick Reding, which
discusses the rise of methamphetamine.
Quinones and Reding are both veterans of the journalism industry, so you know their work will be solidly sourced and well researched. I’m curious to read these books and get some insight into the history that has impacted the drug issues I see on a daily basis.