Sam Quinones may become more familiar to Kentuckians now that Gov. Matt Bevin has suggested that everyone read his book. Quinones, a journalist from California, is the author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.”
Bevin mentioned the book in his recent State of the Commonwealth Budget Address when he announced that he would fully fund the comprehensive anti-heroin legislation the General Assembly approved last year. The governor also said he would continue to support funding for Operation UNITE, a drug enforcement program operating primarily in southeastern Kentucky, and the KASPER system, an Internet prescription database used by doctors and pharmacists.
Quinones was at Northern Kentucky University earlier this week as a visiting writing teacher. He will return to the state in the spring to participate in more conversations about the heroin and opiate drug scourge that has hit much of Kentucky.
Associate producer Casey Parker-Bell went to Covington to talk with Quinones about his book.
For more on the opiod problem, check out my interview with West Virginia University journalism professor John Temple, author of “American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic.”