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Journalist’s drug message hits home in Huntington

Herald-Dispatch photo Sam Quinones, author and award winning journalist, spoke about his book "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic" Thursday at the Marshall University Memorial Student Center in Huntington.
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Sam Quinones, author and award winning journalist, spoke about his book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” Thursday at the Marshall University Memorial Student Center in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A journalist working on an issue deeply affecting the Tri-State was greeted by a standing-room-only crowd at Marshall University on Thursday.

Sam Quinones, the author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” detailed his work researching the heroin and prescription painkiller problem plaguing the region, and spoke of the need for a renewed sense of community, like what has happened in nearby Portsmouth, Ohio, in finding solutions.

“I love the idea that the antidote is community,” said Jessica Pressman, of Healing Huntington, a sponsor of the event. “We have to join together to fight this problem and embrace our recovery community.”

She said she was extremely pleased at the high turnout Quinones received. More than 250 people were there to hear him speak.

Quinones, a former reporter at the Los Angeles Times, has written extensively on the drug trade…

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