The Clark County Medical Society Alliance will kick-off its Opioid Misuse Prevention Health Initiative with a Community Town Hall on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the West Charleston Library (6301 W. Charleston Boulevard).
The opioid and heroin epidemic has gripped the U.S and Nevada, and while deaths from overdose jumped, journalist and author, Sam Quinones manages to explain in his most recent book, “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” how the two sides of the drug marketing are playing a role of protagonism in this 21 century menace: a pharmaceutical corporation flogs its legal new opiate prescription killer as non-addictive, while immigrants from a small town in Nayarit, Mexico, devise methods for retailing heroin in the U.S. The collision of those two forces has led to America’s deadliest drug scourge in modern times.
“This book was conceived and developed as twin tales of drug marketing. One is a legitimate drug and one is an illegal drug, but both are causing the same effect in our society,” said Sam Quinones about the business practices’ symmetries between the Mexican heroin dealers and the pharmaceutical companies in United States.
Sam Quinones is a journalist and author who lived 10 of his now almost 30 years of career in Mexico, where he wrote his first two books. In 2004 he returned to the United States to work for the L.A. Times covering immigration, drug trafficking and gangs. In 2014 he decided to return to freelancing, working for National Geographic, the New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine and other publications.
“We feel fortunate and proud to bring not only Sam Quinones, but his revealing and groundbreaking bestseller as part of the kick-off of our Opioid Misuse Prevention Health Initiative, directly aligned with the Nevada State Medical Association Alliance and the National American Medical Association Alliance health initiatives,” said Jacqueline Nguyen-Lee Co-President of CCMSA. “Statistics don’t lie. Each year, since 2008, we’ve lost more Clark County residents from opioid overdoses than traffic accidents or firearms”.
The CCMSA Health Initiative mission is to promote education and awareness to reduce opioid abuse and misuse through community outreach and informational campaigns.
For more information, please visit www.ccmsa-lv.org
About the Clark County Medical Society Alliance:
CCMSA is a nonprofit service organization comprised of spouses of members of the Clark County Medical Society and American Medical Association. Primarily a service organization, CCMSA focuses on health-related needs in the community, initiating their own projects or providing volunteer hours and monetary assistance to charitable organizations and groups.
The CCMSA was officially chartered with the Nevada State Medical Association Alliance (MSMAA) and the national affiliate of the American Medical Association Alliance (AMMA) in 1949.
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