Opiates In Dreamland

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Sam Quinones’ Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic portrays the addiction epidemic that was cultivated into a catastrophe by pharmaceutical companies and doctors who billed opiates as risk-free drugs. Based on the evidences the book provides, drug traffickers from Mexico delivered black-tar heroin to desperate addicts in typical cities throughout the United States. Consequently, the themes that emerged in Dreamland includes the expansion of heroin and the mass-marketing of legal opiates.
Firstly, Dreamland contains many fascinating stories and insights into how the heroin world works. For example, the Xalisco boys would deliver heroin to whites as if it was pizza. The drivers were well-mannered, carried no weapons. The “black
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For example, from Business of Being Born, hospitals do not allow women to have long labors. Hospitals administer drugs to make women more vulnerable to agree with doctors and nurses. Similarly, opiates help doctors chronic pain patients. As a result, doctors would be quick to pull out a prescription pad.
Furthermore, OxyContin, oxycodone, and heroin all come from the morphine molecule, which means essentially, they are all the same. All of these drugs are highly addictive drugs. For instance, Purdue Pharma promoted OxyContin as a painkiller with no possibility of addiction, which was surely incorrect. Pharmaceutical companies called these drugs non-addictive and pushed doctors to prescribe it in high dosages and for more and more conditions. The pharmaceutical companies deliberately feed into the addiction epidemic all for profit.
Pharmaceutical companies have a great effect on doctors. Quinones stated, “Doctors received OxyContin fishing hats, stuffed toys, coffee mugs, golf balls, and pens with a chart converting a patient's dose in other pills to OxyContin.” This is nothing new due to the fact, doctors who get any gifts from pharmaceutical companies prescribed differently than doctors who did not. Medical authority ascended in the US because medical profession persuaded people that such power was in their best

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