Instructor: Sam Quinones
It’s not like when you were young. Drugs and how teenagers get them has changed. Learn what you need to know as a parent about the new era of synthetic drugs. Acclaimed journalist, author and USN parent, SAM QUINONES will talk to you about how Snapchat and Instagram are the new street corner, how the idea of "recreational drugs use" is over, and why brain science needs to be part of every high school curriculum. SAM QUINONES first awakened the country to the nationwide scourge of addiction to opioids and heroin with his bestselling book, DREAMLAND: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, which was selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by numerous publications and led him to testify before Congress.
Class Fee: $30.00
Age 15 and up.
Sam Quinones is a freelance journalist, former LA Times reporter, and author of four books of narrative nonfiction, now living in Nashville.In 2015, he published his bestselling book, DREAMLAND: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, which awakened the country to the nationwide scourge of addiction to opioids and heroin.His latest book is THE LEAST OF US: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth, which chronicles how the epidemic has evolved from opioids into illicit synthetic drugs, was released in November 2021.Dreamland won a National Book Critics Circle award for the Best Nonfiction Book of 2015.It was also selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Amazon.com, the Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, Seattle Times, Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Entertainment Weekly, Audible, and in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business by Nobel economics laureate, Prof. Angus Deaton, of Princeton University.In 2019, Dreamland was selected as one the Best 10 True-Crime Books of all time based on lists, surveys, and ratings of more than 90 million Goodread.com readers.Also in 2019, Slate.com selected Dreamland as one of the 50 best nonfiction books of the last 25 years.For Dreamland, Quinones has testified before the US Senate’s Health Committee, numerous professional conferences of judges, doctors, librarians, hospital administrators and at more than two-dozen town hall meetings in small towns across the country.
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