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Speaker: Cooperation, Community Key to Battling Epidemic

State Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of Penn College's Board of Directors and a legislative leader in Pennsylvania’s response to the heroin and opioid epidemic, introduces the evening's guest.
State Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of Penn College’s Board of Directors and a legislative leader in Pennsylvania’s response to the heroin and opioid epidemic, introduces the evening’s guest.
Quinones acknowledges the size of the crowd for his CAC appearance.
Quinones acknowledges the size of the crowd for his CAC appearance.
The speaker references Lycoming County's collaborative effort to combat drug abuse.
The speaker references Lycoming County’s collaborative effort to combat drug abuse.

A veteran journalist and author of several books – including “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” – provided insight into the national crisis of heroin and opioid abuse during an appearance at the Community Arts Center on Monday night. Sam Quinones challenged his audience of hundreds to reverse the careless overprescription of drugs that insidiously rip at the fabric of society and to restore the sense of community that works to care for us all. “We got ourselves into it. We can’t just snap our fingers and get out,” he said. “You want real-life solutions, you’ve got to be patient.”