Back to All Events

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

  • UMHS Ford Auditorium (University Hospital Floor 2) (map)

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.

At this event, Quinones will discuss his experiences researching America’s opiate epidemic. His book, 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 U.S., 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.

A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, Dreamland was also selected as one of the best books of 2015 by,, the Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, Seattle Times, Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Entertainment Weekly, Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg Business.

RSVP Here: