GEORGETOWN, Ohio — An author who covered the opioid epidemic in his book “Dreamland” will speak in Brown County, Ohio in September.
“Dreamland,” written by California author Sam Quinones, is a book about the opioid crises affecting all areas of the United States, including Portsmouth, Ohio, and the surrounding areas, according to Jim Frazier, Brown County Educational Service Center superintendent.
“It’s the story of America’s opioid epidemic,” Frazier said. “He ties it in with local problems in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. There are stories from Mexico, where they were transporting black tar heroin and big pharma prescribing Oxycontin and other opioids.”
The Amazon.com description of the book said, ” From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma to main streets nationwide, an explosive and shocking account of addiction in the heartland of America. In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America—addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.”
Frazier said the local ties are why the association invited Quinones to speak to the community.
“He’s a researcher,” Frazier said. “He’s from California, but he learned about the crisis and how it affects small communities like ours. The book resonated with people in this area. A group of us went to Northern Kentucky University to hear him speak and we’ve followed up with him since and asked him to come here. He’s coming back to the area and updating his research. I believe he’s working on his next book.”
Quinones will speak at The Venue at Lake Grant in Mount Orab, Ohio, on Sept. 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. The event is free to the public.