Three recent books look at the opioid addiction epidemic from different angles.
Sam Quinones’ “Dreamland” traces the roots of the current opioid problem to two different phenomena. First, in the 1990’s doctors over-prescribed pain medications like Oxycontin. At around the same time, black tar heroin was introduced from Mexico.
David Sheff’s “Clean” focuses on drug prevention and treatment as a medical problem.
“Marlena”, a novel by Julie Binton, features a woman named Cat, now in her thirties, recounting her teenage friendship with a drug addict named Marlena.
- Dreamland looks at connections between opioid prescriptions and illegal drug smuggling
- Clean talks about addiction in the context of a health issue, as opposed to the perspective of it as a criminal issue that has been common in the past
- Marlena is a novel about a girl with a pain medication addiction, and how it affects friendships
“Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. Here are three books that explore the opioid epidemic and how to help those afflicted by addiction.”