The heartland's opioid epidemic and a vote for Trump

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The cruel scourge of opiate addiction in America's heartland is described this way by reporter Sam Quinones: "Kids with no criminal record, star athletes, pastors' cops' and mayors' kids all got addicted.  Parents [with high expectations] were confronted instead by late-night collect calls from jail, lying, stealing and conniving." On tour for his book,  Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic, Quinones made a connection between those tragic conditions and support for Donald Trump's presidential campaign.




Warren Olney