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From the New York Times best-selling author of Dreamland, a searing follow-up that explores the terrifying next stages of the opioid epidemic and the quiet yet ardent stories of community repair.

Sam Quinones traveled from Mexico to main streets across the US to create Dreamland, a groundbreaking portrait of the opioid epidemic that awakened the nation. As the nation struggled to put back the pieces, Quinones was among the first to see the dangers that lay ahead: synthetic drugs and a new generation of kingpins whose product could be made in Magic Bullet blenders. In fentanyl, traffickers landed a painkiller a hundred times more powerful than morphine. They laced it into cocaine, meth, and counterfeit pills to cause tens of thousands of deaths - at the same time as Mexican traffickers made methamphetamine cheaper and more potent than ever, creating, Sam argues, swaths of mental illness and a surge in homelessness across the United States.

Quinones hit the road to investigate these new threats, discovering how addiction is exacerbated by consumer-product corporations. “In a time when drug traffickers act like corporations and corporations like traffickers,” he writes, “our best defense, perhaps our only defense, lies in bolstering community.” Amid a landscape of despair, Quinones found hope in those embracing the forgotten and ignored, illuminating the striking truth that we are only as strong as our most vulnerable.

Weaving analysis of the drug trade into stories of humble communities, The Least of Us delivers an unexpected and awe-inspiring response to the call that shocked the nation in Sam Quinones' award-winning Dreamland.

©2021 Sam Quinones (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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Good but.....

This was a good book, however I was ready for it to end about 3/4 through. Perhaps because I listened to this on the back of listening to, Empire of Pain”...about the Sackler family. I just started finding it depressing and probably need to take a break from books on drugs for the moment! This is not to take away from the book as it was very informative!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-11-21

Top tier journalism and 100% honest

I am a cop and this maps 1:1 onto my experiences with people addicted to meth. This book needs to blow up!

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  • Natura Revelada
  • 24-11-21

Insightful look at Drug addiction

As a recovering addict this book hit close to home and explained alot about the "New Meth" P2P.
I definitely recommend the book.

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  • Andrea
  • 26-02-22

Life changing insights

Wow. I bought this book after learning that my niece is using meth , but also likely something else, now I see it is fentanyl. I have been so naive. I work with many homeless people in my job and this phenomenon of the new meth, mental illness and homelessness explains so much of what I have been witnessing.

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  • W Perry Hall
  • 18-11-21

Great book if not for Ak-RON

This great book has at least half its case studies set in Akron, Ohio.

One would think then that someone would tell this monotone narrator that the name of the city is pronounced ak-Ruhn, not ak-RON, as in Ron Burgundy. If the droning narrator says akRON once, he says it AT LEAST 100 times--to the point of infuriation in this listener. 🤬

Awful. Who picks these narrators and who is in charge of production and editing? A crew of Clowns, apparently.

I pity the author for having a publisher who gives not one S.

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  • M
  • 17-11-21

Bootstraps

Bootstraps do exist.
Together we can pull on them.
Together we can get boots on the ground

Gracias, Samuel, por haber escrito este libro. Con tus palabras estás creando comunidad.

¡¡¡ Pa’lante siempre !!!

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  • piper bonura
  • 30-07-22

Excellent, Inciteful, Informative

After years as a health care provider, this book gave me definitive answers on the complicated behaviors we see with addiction. The explaination of the neurological changes caused by drugs of abuse was profoundly inciteful. I found the narrator's voice, pleasant and easy to understand.

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  • Jon H. Larson
  • 02-07-22

Educate yourself drugs by hearing this book

Great to learn information. about the was drug use has changed and what we really need to do to help and to understand our brains.

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  • Jerry Greer
  • 11-06-22

Even Better Than Dreamland

I needed to buy the written copy as well to gleam all the data, insight, and wisdom..

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  • Max
  • 05-06-22

Chapters are out of order, but a brilliant book

He should have a Pulitzer. I liked the reader, too. Nice voice. But the lack of order was irritating.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 28-04-22

there's a lot to learn about addiction

this is quinones's second book, and an excellent compliment to the first, " dreamland ". it goes beyond opioids to the other drugs that are now at the top of the list for addicting people, and all too often resulting in their deaths or the destruction of their otherwise normal lives

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