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What 10 Modern Classic Books About Drugs Are Really Trying to Say

These tales are about more than back alleys and dirty needles.

still from requiem for a dream, based on a book about drugs
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Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

By Hubert Selby Jr.

The Man with the Golden Arm, a book about drugs

The Man With the Golden Arm

By Nelson Algren

The Story of Junk

The Story of Junk

By Linda Yablonsky

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a book about drugs

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

By Hunter S. Thompson

Crank, a book about drugs

Crank

By Ellen Hopkins

Junky, a book about drugs

Junky

By William S. Burroughs

The Lotus Crew

The Lotus Crew

By Stewart Meyer

trainspotting, a book about drugs

Trainspotting

By Irvine Welsh

The Speed Chronicles

The Speed Chronicles

By Joseph Mattson

The Cocaine Chronicles

The Cocaine Chronicles

By Gary Phillips and Jervey Tervalon