Sen. Yaw Sits Down with Award-Winning Author Sam Quinones to Discuss “Dreamland”

HARRISBURG – This month, “A Conversation with Senator Gene Yaw (R-23)” sits down with award-winning author and journalist Sam Quinones during his visit to Williamsport where he discusses his book, “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.”

The discussion offers an in-depth look at the causes of the public health issue that has been recognized as a crisis at the local, state and national levels.

His stories center around the fall and rise of Portsmouth, Ohio, as the backdrop to weave together two riveting tales of capitalism run amok: the unfettered prescription of addictive pain medications during the 1990’s and the influx of black tar heroin.

“Sam’s book has become a little bit of a roadmap for me as we hold public hearings across the state on the heroin and opioid epidemic,” Sen. Yaw said. “Addiction is a life-long problem that will undoubtedly take a community-wide effort to address.”

The Senator’s television report will air on: Blue Ridge Communications/Mansfield – Channel 13; Service Electric Cablevision – SECV Productions – Channel 8; Time Warner, Sayre; Adams Cable Service, Channel 7; Comcast/Williamsport – Click On Demand/Get Local/Local Government/State Senate/A Conversation with Senator Gene Yaw. Please check local listings for air times.

“A Conversation with Senator Gene Yaw” is intended to keep residents of the 23rd Senatorial District informed about state and local issues and to showcase the people, places, communities and businesses that make this region so unique.

Senator Yaw’s television report is also available online at, click ‘Newsroom’ and ‘A Conversation with Senator Gene Yaw’.

This program is the first in a two-part series. 

Dreamland Author Sam Quinones (center) stands with Senator Gene Yaw (left) and Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour (right), President of the Pennsylvania College of Technology, following a discussion with members of Project Bald Eagle, a Lycoming County coalition of organizations, community leaders, professionals and citizens working to stem the tide of the heroin and opioid epidemic.


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