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Dreamland: Sam Quinones Explores America's Opiate Epidemic
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 4:45:00 PM UTC - 6:00:00 PM UTC
Duration: 1 hour(s) 15 minute(s)
Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and author of three books of narrative nonfiction. His latest book is Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury, 2015), which will be discussed in this webinar.
Dreamland recounts twin stories of drug marketing in the 21st Century: A pharmaceutical corporation flogs its legal new opiate prescription painkiller as nonaddictive. Meanwhile, immigrants from a small town in Nayarit, Mexico devise a method for retailing black-tar heroin like pizza in the United States, and take that system nationwide - riding a wave of addiction to prescription pills from coast to coast. The collision of those two forces has led to America's deadliest drug scourge in modern times.

Dreamland won a National Book Critics Circle award for the Best Nonfiction Book of 2015.

It was also selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Amazon.com; Slate.com; the Daily Beast; Buzzfeed; The Seattle Times; Boston Globe; St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Entertainment Weekly; Audible; and The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business by Nobel economics laureate, Professor Angus Deaton, of Princeton University.

Sam Quinones is a veteran public speaker, having appeared at more than 60 universities, as well as at conferences for public health and social workers, police and narcotics officers, drug counselors, small and mid-sized towns, and more.

“... a story about who we are as a country,” shared Sam Quinones when interviewed by Tavis Smiley, February 24, 2016. The Opioid Epidemic has affected "... hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America – addiction like no other the country has ever faced.”

“Every so often I read a work of narrative nonfiction that makes me want to get up and preach: Read the true story! Such is Sam Quinones’ astonishing work of reporting and writing" – Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times

“[A] compelling examination… [A] driven and important narrative.” - The Wall Street Journal

“[A] powerful investigation into the explosion of heroin abuse in suburban America that combines skillful reporting and strong research with a superb narrative..” - The Spectator

“An important frame of reference for understanding America’s opiate epidemic.”  - Portland Press Herald

Funding for this webinar has been brought to you by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center for Excellence. 


Sam Quinones - Author
Sam Quinones is a former reporter with the L.A. Times, where he worked for 10 years (2004-2014).  He is a veteran reporter on immigration, gangs, drug trafficking, and the border...