Greg interviews Lisa Roberts, a Health Department Nurse for the city of Portsmouth, Ohio. She’s been working as a Portsmouth nurse for the past 29 years. She also worked with Sam Quinones on his highly-acclaimed book Dreamland. This episode is Part One in a series of podcasts that will explore life after Dreamland for those who helped Sam with his book.
Lisa discusses how the epidemic grew in Portsmouth from the early to mid-nineties onward. She specifically describes Dr. David Proctor, known as the ‘Godfather of Pill-Mills’ in Portsmouth and his effect on the epidemic in the area. “He was known for being a prolific prescriber,” says Lisa. “People could get pills off of him using their medical cards and sell them…After Oxycodone came out, we saw a gradual increase in people accessing pain killers…People were getting addicted.”
Listen to the podcast to hear the inspirational story of how Portsmouth overthrew these pill mills and the state of Portsmouth today.