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Methland by Nick Reding
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Aug 24, 2011

really liked it
Read in August, 2011

Fascinating book about the takeover of meth in a small town in Iowa. The personal stories were horrifying and depressing. It wasn't just about individual choices, though...there is so much more to the meth story. The pharmaceutical company who actually went so far as to synthesize an alternative to pseudoephedrine to be used in cold medicines, but then shortly after was bought out by Pfizer who chose not to follow through. The meat packing plants and other factories who once provided good paying jobs with benefits, but then were bought out by big corporations (Cargill among others) who slashed wages in half and didn't provide benefits. It became easier for people to deal and use meth than to work for nothing. These jobs were then taken by Mexican immigrants (mostly illegal) who perpetuated the distribution of meth. Sloppy anti-drug legislation also didn't solve the problems. The mayor of this particular town, however, did turn things around and it mostly has come out of the cloud it was under in the last decade. Overall, it was a really good analysis of how the problem came about and there was actually some happiness in the end. I think at times the author got long-winded and disorganized in his writing which is why I gave 4 stars instead of 5.

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Caroline Very interesting. I just added it to my to-read.

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