Addiction has devastated hundreds of cities, small towns, and suburbs across America, including major swaths of Appalachia. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic.
More than 42,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses alone in 2016, a 28 percent increase over 2015. In advance of author Sam Quinones' visit to James Madison University for the 2018 Annual Blue Ridge Safety Conference on March 20, sponsored by the Blue Ridge Safety Association,* WMRA Morning Edition host Bob Leweke spoke with Mr. Quinones about what he learned in his extensive, years-long investigation across the country, and through time, about America's opiate crisis.
*The Blue Ridge Safety Association is an occasional sponsor of WMRA programming.