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Common Read - Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Dreamland Subject Outline

In Dreamland, Quinones weaves together many different stories on a variety of themes: addiction, the pharmaceutical industry, law enforcement, and more. Below is a list of the major themes in the book, and the pages that cover these themes. Use these lists to follow the thread of one specific theme or story throughout the book.

Community and Impact on Community

Chapter Title Pages
Preface: Portsmouth, Ohio 1-4
Introduction 5-9
Collision: Ground Zero 193-196
Pentecostal Piety, Fierce Scratches 236-240; 322-323
Now It’s Your Neighbor’s Kid 273-277
A Parent’s Soul Pain 286-300
America 303-309
Nobody Can Do It Alone 324-330
Up from the Rubble 333-345

Pain, Addiction, and the Pharmaceutical Industry

Chapter Title Pages                     
Dr. Jick’s Letter 15-16
Liberace in Appalachia 23-27
The Adman 28-31
The Molecule 36-39
The Poppy 52-55
Searching for the Holy Grail 76-79
The Pain 80-85
Pain and the Pro Wrestler 86-88
The Revolution 92-99
The Landmark Study 107-110
Purdue 124-127
Swing with OxyContin 132-139
What’s OxyContin? 145-147
Liberace Shows the Way 153-160
Two-Thousand-Year-Old Questions 187-192
Canaries in Coal Mines 197-201
Fifty, Hundred Cases a Month 202-205
Junkie Kingdom in Dreamland 206-219
A Criminal Case 220-221
A Tidal Wave Forming 232-235
We Was Carrying the Epidemic 241-246
More Cases Than Car Crashes 247-252
A Pro Wrestler's Legacy 253-255
The Criminal Case 264-269
The Treatment Is You 310-315

The Xalisco Heroin Distribution Network and Law Enforcement

Chapter Title Pages                   
All from the Same Town 17-22
Delivered Like Pizza 40-46
Easier than Sugercane 56-67
Just a Phone Call Away 68-71
The Man Comes 89-92
All about the 501s 100-106
We Realized This Is Corporate 115-123
The Man and the Nayarit 128-131
The Man at Home 140-144
Smack Clans in the Sanctuary 148-152
The Man in the Heartland 161-168
Bodies Are the Key 169-172
Heroin Like Hamburgers 178-180
Tar Pit 181-183
Took over the OxyContin Belt 222-225
The Final Convenience 226-231
Great Time to Be a Heroin Dealer 256-263
Like Cigarette Executives 278-282
No Scarface, No Kingpins 283-285
The Internet of Dope 316-323

Enrique's Story

Chapter Title Pages     
Enrique 13-14
Enrique Begins 32-35
Enrique Alone 47-51
Enrique Adrift 72-75
Enrique Redeemed 111-114
Enrique on Top 173-177

Ohio

Chapter Title Pages
Preface: Portsmouth, Ohio 1-4                      
Introduction 5-9
All from the Same Town 17-22
Liberace in Appalachia 23-27
Swing with OxyContin 132-139
What's OxyContin 145-147
Liberace Shows the Way 153-160
The Main in the Heartland 161-168
Collision: Ground Zero 193-196
Canaries in Coal Mines 197-201
Junkie Kingdom in Dreamland 206-219
Took over the OxyContin Belt 222-225
More Cases than Car Crashes 247-252
A Parent's Soul Pain 286-300
The Internet of Dope 316-323
Nobody Can Do It Alone 324-330
Up from the Rubble 333-345
Afterword 350-351

Outline originally created by the Virginia Commonwealth University Summer Reading Program.