Speaker Spotlight


Sam Quinones

Over the course of two years, the pharmacy in a small West Virginia town - population of 392 - received 9 million oxycodone pills. Between 1999 and 2016, over 200,000 deaths across the country were attributed to opioid overdoses. Reversing this national challenge requires a thorough understanding of its root causes.

In a riveting plenary session, award-winning author and journalist Sam Quinones will share the dark history and personal tales of America’s opiate crisis from his best-selling book, “Dreamland.”

Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter, and author of three acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction. Columbia Journalism School selected him as a 2008 recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot prize. He is also the recipient of an Alicia Patterson Fellowship, one of the most prestigious fellowships given to print journalists.