Essay on Opiate And Heroin Abuse Throughout America

1292 Words Nov 21st, 2016 6 Pages
Opiate and heroin abuse has ravaged much of Appalachia, especially suburban areas. This malignancy spreads like cancer, multiplying and infecting all it encounters. Communities are disrupted and innocent lives are consumed while the obscure market for heroin continues its expansion across the United States. This affliction in our country has an origin. As a journalist and novelist, Sam Quinones, diligently reveals the inception of heroin in his book titled, “Dreamland”.
Quinolones describes America’s opiate epidemic as capitalism. The capitalistic market on illicit opiates have no regulation and thus behaves nefariously and disseminates rampantly throughout underground networks in cities across America. This type of capitalism still follows the laws of supply and demand in which Quinones describes brilliantly to explain the opiate epidemic we witness today. Quinones believes the problem begins with supply and that demand is only the result. The supply was first introduced as legal prescription medications of painkillers. Quinones describes Purdue Pharma’s massive campaign to advertise and market OxyContin. The success of advertisement heralded OxyContin as a miracle painkiller and convinced doctors across the country to indiscriminately prescribe this medication for any ailments related to pain. The addictive nature of OxyContin quickly consumed the minds of its patients and created the demand for more. When it was discovered that OxyContin had such an addictive nature, many…

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