National Press Club

Second Genesis Foundation Presents "Dreamland" Author Sam Quinones

Second Genesis Foundation Presents "Dreamland" Author Sam Quinones

March 21, 2018 6:30 PM

Location: Ballroom

An evening with author Sam Quinones

The Second Genesis Foundation Presents “An Evening with Sam Quinones”

Media representatives, the addiction community, public officials, health policy experts and stakeholders in the DMV community are invited to join the Second Genesis Foundation for a discussion with award winning author and journalist Sam Quinones about his book "Dreamland" and the opioid crisis facing America.

WHO: Author Sam Quinones, U.S. Representative Ann Kuster (NH-2), NBC 4 co-anchor Wendy Rieger, Montgomery County Police Department Assistant Chief Darryl McSwain and Chairman of the Board of the Second Genesis Foundation Roscoe Little.

WHAT: As part of its mission to educate and assist the DMV community in the prevention and treatment of addiction, the Second Genesis Foundation will host an event on March 21st at the National Press Club with Sam Quinones, author of the renowned book Dreamland. Opening remarks will be made by U.S. Representative Ann Kuster of New Hampshire, Co-Founder of the Congressional Bipartisan Heroin Task Force. Quinones will then share his insights from writing the book before sitting down for a question and answer period with the audience moderated by NBC 4 News Co-Anchor Wendy Rieger.

Refreshments and light snacks will be provided along with a complimentary copy of Dreamland. Attendance is complimentary, but registration is required, and donations are welcomed. Second Genesis will match contributions for the event and direct a grant to the Montgomery County Police Foundation to fund their Narcan training initiative to help equip and train more officers to deal with overdose emergencies.

Please CLICK HERE to register.

To arrange an interview with Quinones or the other speakers please contact LeeAnn Petersen at

ABOUT THE BOOK: In fascinating detail, Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of American capitalism: The stories of young men in Mexico, independent of the drug cartels, in search of their own American Dream via the fast and enormous profits of trafficking cheap black-tar heroin to America’s rural and suburban addicts; and that of Purdue Pharma in Stamford, Connecticut, determined to corner the market on pain with its new and expensive miracle drug, Oxycontin; extremely addictive in its own right. Quinones illuminates just how these two stories fit together as cause and effect: hooked on costly Oxycontin, American addicts were lured to much cheaper black tar heroin and its powerful and dangerous long-lasting high. Embroiled alongside the suppliers and buyers are DEA agents, local, small-town sheriffs, and the US attorney from eastern Virginia whose case against Purdue Pharma and Oxycontin made him an enemy of the Bush-era Justice Department, ultimately stalling and destroying his career in public service. Dreamland is a scathing account of drug culture and addiction spreading to every part of the American landscape.

WHEN: March 21, 2018, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

WHERE: Ballroom, National Press Club, 529 14th St., 13th Floor


Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter, and author of three acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction. His most recent book is Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Bloomsbury Press. His career as a journalist has spanned almost 30 years. He lived for 10 years as a freelance writer in Mexico, where he wrote his first two books. In 2004, he returned to the United States to work for the L.A. Times, covering immigration, drug trafficking, neighborhood stories, and gangs. In 2014, he resigned from the paper to return to freelancing, working for National Geographic, Pacific Standard Magazine, the New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and other publications.

U.S. Representative Ann Kuster (NH-2)

Ann McLane Kuster was elected to Congress in 2012 and has been tackling the opioid crisis ever since. She is Co-Founder of the Congressional Bipartisan Heroin Task Force which aims to develop best practices and foster interagency collaboration to address the epidemic. In 2016, the Task Force successfully pushed for the passage of eighteen bills in one week which became part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S.524). The Task Force has also held numerous hearings and briefings, both in Washington and in communities impacted by addiction, to educate lawmakers about effective means to curb the crisis. Kuster also fought to include funding to address the opioid crisis in the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6), and introduced Carl’s Law (H.R. 5601), which would require any medication that contains an opiate to include a warning on its label identifying the presence of opioids and the possibility of drug-seeking behavior.

Wendy Rieger

Wendy Rieger anchors News4 at 5, the No. 1 newscast in Washington at 5 p.m. Rieger joined News4 in 1988 as a general assignment reporter, mostly covering breaking news for News4 at 11 p.m. She began anchoring the weekend evening newscasts in 1996, then News4 at 5 in 2001. Before her career in television, Rieger was a rising star in radio working for WAMU, NPR and WTOP Radio. Her television career began in CNN’s Washington Bureau. Rieger has received three Emmy Awards, including one for a special report she shot in Vietnam on home video 20 years after the war.


For nearly 50 years Second Genesis, Inc., provided substance abuse treatment to thousands of patients in the Washington, D.C. region. In 2016 we became the Second Genesis Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization whose principal mission is to fund various organizations and projects related to substance abuse in the areas of research, prevention, education and treatment.


LeeAnn Petersen

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