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First Wednesday Book Discussion

October 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones

Discussion Leader: John Faherty

With a great reporter’s narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma’s campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive–extremely addictive–miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin–cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico’s west coast, independent of any drug cartel–assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico.

John Faherty is the Executive Director of The Mercantile Library.

Open to Mercantile members and their guests only
Box lunches ($10) are available by advance payment
Reservations required: 513-621-0717 or reservations@mercantilelibrary.com


October 4, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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