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The Source: Delivering Heroin Like Pizzas

The explosion in pain pill prescription has the country hungry for something more powerful, more illicit, and in some ways easier to access, heroin.  The use of heroin has exploded across the United States, with incidences  of overdoses triple what they were just 5 years ago.

In his new book "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic," author and journalist, Sam Quinones tracks the spread of the illicit narcotic from the western Mexican state of Nayarit through its "master-sellers" in the U.S. Quinones describes a franchise system with delivery like Dominos pizza, quality checks like Uber, and spreading faster than Starbucks.


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