About the Speaker Series

Sam Quinones has spent more than three decades immersed in the origins and culture where the opioid creation and use in Mexico originated, before expanding to the United States. His firsthand accounts present a foundation for how the opioid epidemic began and grew by way of retailing black tar heroin and addiction through pain medications as a parallel.

Quinones’ career as a journalist has spanned 30 years—Living for ten years as a freelance writer in Mexico, where he wrote his first two books. He returned to the United States to work for the L.A. Times, covering immigration, drug trafficking, neighborhood stories, and gangs.

A discussion panel comprised of community health leaders and officials followed Quinones’ presentation to engage the audience discussing issues related to drug addiction, the opioid epidemic and ideas for local solutions.

Richmond Speaker Series


Phil Quinn 101.7 WHON-FM - The Point, Ivy Tech - Richmond


Sam Quinones Journalist, Author and Speaker, National Opiate Epidemic
Dave Snow Mayor, Richmond, Indiana
Brad Barrett Indiana State Representative, District 56
Erika Brandenstein, MD OB/GYN, Reid Health
Morgan Walker Director, Wayne County Community Corrections
Ron Stevens Coroner, Wayne County
Lisa Suttle, RN-BC Regional Vice President Clinical Services, Meridian Health Services
Annamarie Varvel Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, Meridian Health Services

Date and Time

Tue, October 1, 2019
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
Lunch provided.


Ivy Tech Community College - Johnson Hall
2357 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN 47374

Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and author. His latest book, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic addresses the addiction crisis that has ravaged the country which has no social or demographic barriers.