WVU Festival of Ideas Focuses on Opiate Epidemic


WVU brought the topic of America’s Opiate epidemic to the forefront on Tuesday night. 

The conversation was all part of the David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas.

Journalist and author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” Sam Quinones and WVU Associate Professor and author of “American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic” John Temple spoke to those in attendance about their experience with the issue while writing their books.

Quinones says a large part of the problem falls in our hands making sure we manage pills we are prescribed so they don’t fall into the wrong hands.

“Excess supply is coming from over prescribing by doctors but also our own irresponsibility when it comes to these pills,” said Quinones. “We all have a very deep responsibility it seems to me to make sure that whatever pills we’re prescribed we control them.”

“Heroin and prescription opioids prescription painkillers are the same thing,” said Temple. “They come from the same plant and they produce the same high and they lead to the same devastating addiction.”

After the discussion and question and answer those in attendance could also get their copies of the books signed by the authors.  

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