Journalist Sam Quinones’s award-winning 2015 book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” has been selected as Virginia Commonwealth University’s 2017–18 common book.
“Dreamland” tells the story of the rise of black tar heroin and painkiller addiction in the United States, and how the opioid epidemic is devastating communities and leaving thousands dead. In Virginia last year, there were 1,133 fatal overdoses brought about by heroin, fentanyl and other opioids.
“This year’s common book draws our attention to an important issue that cuts across all sectors of our society,” said Shelli Fowler, Ph.D., interim dean of University College and director of the VCU Common Book Program. “The opioid epidemic in America is a national and regional crisis that invites analysis and problem-solving from a broad range of disciplinary fields.”
The book will provide “a unique opportunity to explore the topic from a wide range of areas of study across both VCU campuses,” Fowler added.
“We intend to take a proactive focus on the issues ‘Dreamland’ raises for all of us, and connect the VCU and Richmond communities in exploring collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches that can help address the problem,” she said.