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Humboldt’s First Opioid Crisis (Option 2)
April 18

Humboldt’s First Opioid Crisis (Option 2)


With Lynette Mullen, Historian

Learn about the history of opioid addiction, Humboldt’s opium dens, morphine “fiends” and laudanum users, attitudes toward addiction and drug dealers, early treatment options and more. Also hear about William Whaley, an Arcata boy who ran the biggest international opium smuggling gang in the 1890s.

Tues., April 18 • 6-8 p.m.


$30 • Class #: 23987

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Video will be available for this class.

Lynette Mullen

Lynette Mullen

Lynette Mullen is an independent project manager and local historian. Her accidental discovery of historic documents, which described the brutal murder of a young mother in the presence of her children in Arcata in 1862, fostered an obsession with the settlement period in Northern California. Her research has since expanded and has been shared in articles, presentations, a TedX talk and multiple OLLI courses.