Venturing into uncharted territory, mother and award-winning
journalist Meredith Maran takes us inside teenagers' hearts, minds,
and central nervous systems to explore the causes and consequences
of our nation's drug crisis. In these pages we get to know the
kids, the parents, the therapists, and the drug treatment programs
at their best and worst. We're face-to-face with seventeen-year-old
Mike, whose life revolves around selling, smoking, and snorting
speed; fifteen-year-old Tristan -- the boy next door -- who can't
get enough pot, pills, or vodka; and sixteen-year-old Zalika, a
runaway, crack dealer, and prostitute since the age of twelve.
Combining powerful on-the-street reporting and groundbreaking
research, Dirty is essential reading for every parent and
professional who works with or cares about children or
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