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An Hour With Sam Quinones Author of "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic"
Dreamland chronicles the roots of America’s epidemic of opiate addiction, the nation’s deadliest drug scourge in its history.

In it, Quinones 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 US, 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.

Jan 27, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sam Quinones
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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), for which he traveled across the United States. Quinones is at work on a follow up to Dreamland, about the scourge of fentanyl, methamphetamine, as well as dispatches from grassroots efforts to combat the epidemic. His first two highly acclaimed books grew from his 10 years living and working as a freelance writer in Mexico (1994-2004).