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The Second Genesis Foundation Presents
An Evening with Sam Quinones the author of Dreamland
As part of its mission to educate and assist the DMV community in the prevention and treatment of addiction, the Second Genesis Foundation will hosted an event on March 21, 2018 at the National Press Club with Sam Quinones, author of the renowned book Dreamland. Opening remarks will be made by U.S. Representative Ann Kuster of New Hampshire, Co-Founder of the Congressional Bipartisan Heroin Task Force. Quinones will then share his insights from writing the book before sitting down for a question and answer period with the audience moderated by NBC 4 News Co-Anchor Wendy Rieger.
ABOUT THE BOOK: In fascinating detail, Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of American capitalism: The stories of young men in Mexico, independent of the drug cartels, in search of their own American Dream via the fast and enormous profits of trafficking cheap black-tar heroin to America’s rural and suburban addicts; and that of Purdue Pharma in Stamford, Connecticut, determined to corner the market on pain with its new and expensive miracle drug, Oxycontin; extremely addictive in its own right. Quinones illuminates just how these two stories fit together as cause and effect: hooked on costly Oxycontin, American addicts were lured to much cheaper black tar heroin and its powerful and dangerous long-lasting high. Embroiled alongside the suppliers and buyers are DEA agents, local, small-town sheriffs, and the US attorney from eastern Virginia whose case against Purdue Pharma and Oxycontin made him an enemy of the Bush-era Justice Department, ultimately stalling and destroying his career in public service. Dreamland is a scathing account of drug culture and addiction spreading to every part of the American landscape.
Second Genesis Foundation has entered into a partnership with The Biscuit Factory, LLC.
Second Genesis Foundation has entered into a partnership with The Biscuit Factory, LLC. in the production of an independent feature documentary film project. WRITTEN OFF challenges the stigma of opiate addiction by unravelling the intricate web of a single addiction story. In addition to production of the film, the project is mounting an outreach effort via screenings and discussion panels to help audiences gain a deeper understanding of the complex issues surrounding addiction. The project is also reaching out to policy makers, leaders and educators.
The Biscuit Factory produces factual programming for networks such as National Geographic, Discovery and Smithsonian Channel.
Second Genesis Foundation Announces Grant to Community of Concern
The Community of Concern is a partnership of parents, students, schools and other organizations working together to keep youth alcohol, tobacco and other drug free, using science as the foundation. The centerpiece of the initiative is our award-winning booklet, compiled by a committee of parents from Georgetown Preparatory School and reviewed by experts. ‘A Parent’s Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use’ has spread in a grass-roots fashion and there are nearly 2 million copies in parent’s hands in 37 states and 4 countries.
The Community of Concern has a team of nationally prominent neuroscientists who translate their research into lay terms so that both parents and students can understand the negative effects of alcohol and other drugs on young brain development. By joining together, parents, students, schools and other organizations are able to participate as a group in the effort to prevent alcohol and other drug use through education and cooperation. Together we are stronger than alone.
Second Genesis recently funded a grant to Community of Concern to provide working capital, finance customer initiatives and to update and upgrade their website.
Principals of both organizations can be reached through their respective websites:
Community of Concern (www.thecommunityofconcern.org)
Second Genesis Foundation (www.secondgenesis.org)