Otterbein University’s 2020 Common Book is taking on the complex issue of the opioid epidemic through an interdisciplinary lens. This shared reading experience challenges students to look at all angles of the epidemic throughout the academic year.
This year’s Common Book, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by journalist and author Sam Quinones, uses the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, OH, as an entry point to examine the opioid epidemic, which has devastated hundreds of small towns and cities across the country. He weaves together stories of Big Pharma, narcotics investigators, survivors, and more into an examination of the causes and repercussions of an unprecedented epidemic of addiction in America.
Quinones visited campus virtually for classroom discussions and a livestreamed lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 27.