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Heroin: US addiction soars in 'quiet drug plague'




Used syringes are discarded at a needle exchange clinic.
Used syringes are discarded at a needle exchange clinic.
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Fatal overdoses of heroin in the U.S. have almost tripled in three years. Why has the drug become so pervasive? Where does it come from and how are authorities trying to combat its use?

Los Angeles-based journalist Sam Quinones travelled across North America seeking answers to these questions. The result is a book called Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic.

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Copyright ©2015 by Sam Quinones         
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic
Reprinted by permission of Bloomsbury

Upcoming reading:

WHAT: Sam Quinones discusses and signs Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

WHERE: Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, California, 91101

WHEN: April 23, 2015, 7:00pm

MORE INFO: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/sam-quinones-april-2015