The Rise of Black Tar Heroin

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Soldiers and Federal Police officers install a checkpoint on a road inside the zone of influence of La Familia drug cartel on December 12, 2010 in Apatzingan, Mexico.

Sam Quinones discusses his book, Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic. Over the past 15 years, enterprising sugar cane farmers on the west coast of Mexico created a unique distribution system that brought black tar heroin, the cheapest, most addictive form of the opiate, into the United States. Many Americans became eager for the comparatively cheap high it offered.