Medical Matters: "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic"

Sep 23, 2015

Medical Matters continues with Show # 2 of our current four-episode limited series.

How did the rapid rise of OxyContin addiction in the 1990s lead quite directly to today's widespread crisis of heroin usage in Middle America? This week, we explore that question in a fascinating discussion with journalist Sam Quniones about his new book, "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic."

Also on our program, we chat with Gary Schwitzer, the founder and editor of, about recent trends and transgressions in the world of medical journalism.

(Please note: Parts of our interview with Sam Quinones feature less than ideal audio quality. Far less than ideal, actually -- this is due to a problematic phone line. We apologize for the occasionally muddled sound.)