Dreamland revisited: County featured in bestselling opioid crisis book lone holdout in settlement


Scioto County featured prominently in the story of the opioid addiction epidemic that has devastated hundreds of cities and towns across the United States. Its Dreamland Pool in Portsmouth was used to illustrate a hinge point in the evolution and depths of the crisis in Sam Quinones’ National Book Critics Award-winning, “Dreamland: The True Tales of America’s Opiate Epidemic.”

Now, Scioto County is the only local government in Ohio that has chosen to opt-out of the state’s $808 million settlement with the three largest distributors of opioids in the country.