The author of Dreamland, Sam Quinones, goes on about his experience with heroin and how he grew up. The most he had ever heard of heroine when growing up was watching 'The French Connection'.
The premise of the movie was the smuggling of heroin across the country. As he grew up he became a reporter and started working in Mexico doing stories on the drug trade and was introduced to the presence of black tar heroin.
Black tar heroin is heroine, but not quite processed and extremely cheap. He was set to specifically cover how Mexico gets their drugs in The United States. A place that was severely affected by the black heroin epidemic was Huntington, WV. He reaches out to mexican drug dealers and tells him how they get started. These dealers go to areas with low rates of gang violence or violence at all and sells. They start with legitimate jobs like plumbers and carpenters, but they see the quick money with black tar heroine and drop their jobs Moving to northwest areas are where they see as better markets because opium poppies grow the best in the northwest to create heroin.
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This brings us to Portsmouth Ohio. A place that was severely hit hard by the heroin epidemic. And you want to know why? It's because a lack of community. Yep, we're so stuck in a time where everyone could really just use a better sense of community. Think about it, who even knows their neighbors next door anymore. Or plays outside with the neighbor hood kids and throws block parties. Especially this generation where technology has taken over, people just stay inside.
So you might be thinking if you don't give your neighbor a pie and throw block parties you will turn to heroin. No, that's not exactly the point, but when you lose that sense of community no one is accountable for each other anymore or looking out for one another. WIth the dreamland pool that place was a place where everyone got together and had something to do and got to know one another and have fun. We need Dreamland.