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Why This Book Matters:
Dreamland discusses the current opiate epidemic occurring in the United States and how it has become an astronomical cause of death.
The Big Takeaways:
- There is more history to opiates than just tiny pills. Humans have used drugs for thousands of years.
- If Modern drugs are addictive because they provide a sense of euphoria, and the withdrawal symptoms are horrendous.
- The 1980s saw a revolution in the way we treat pain in America.
- Professionals began prescribing more opiates if a patient asked because they were under the assumption that the treatment was not helping the patient.
- Migrants from Xalisco, Mexico started to sell heroin in San Fernando, causing a chain reaction that affected millions of Americans.
- The Xalisco Boys came up with a clever model for selling heroin.
- Their marketing skills were what made them so successful in selling heroin.
- They would go up to likely customers and offer them tasters instead of waiting for customers to come to them.
- The recovery process had finally started when people figured out how foolish the pain revolution was.
- Recovery from addiction is indeed possible.