An Evening with Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Addiction
Sam Quinones is an award-winning journalist from Los Angeles, CA who worked for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to 2014. He is the author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Addiction which examines the catastrophic opiate epidemic in the United States from two perspectives. The first is the legal promotion of opiates by the pharmaceutical industry and the other is the trail of illicit drug trade coming up from Mexico. The goal of making money was achieved by both groups at the expense of American families and national well-being. Quinones is a story teller who says that as a journalist his intent was never to be an advocate because of the need to stay unbiased. However, his book opened up a way for families to come out of the shadows of despair and shame and take on this challenge that has taken so many lives. He sees people in the communities that are ravaged by drugs such as EMTs, nurses, doctors, probation officers etc. etc. as the true heroes of this challenge. He presents throughout the country and recently spent 2 ½ hours testifying on the state of drug addiction in the US to the US Senate. The program will feature Quinones sharing his story and what has evolved since his book has come to the forefront of the fight against drug addiction.
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