Coming November 2, 2021
The Least of Us:
True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth
The Least of Us deepens the story of our nation opioid epidemic, including now the spread of mass supplies of synthetic drugs (fentanyl and meth). It also delves into the neuroscience of addiction, concluding we live in a soup of legal substances and services whose addictiveness is ever-refined by consumer-product corporations.
“In a time when drug traffickers act like corporations and corporations like traffickers,” Quinones writes, “our best defense, perhaps our only defense, lies in bolstering community.”
Thus, as he set out to do this book, Quinones sought small, unnoticed stories of Americans involved in community repair.
The story of a man who secretly kept a community center open for kids in a crumbling neighborhood that even the city thought it had closed. A woman retired from corporate America who opens a tattoo removal clinic where she removes the pimp’s brand from the inner thigh of a prostitute. A woman who adopts an infant and cares for the child’s bedridden mother rendered a vegetable by drug overdose – all because of a casual promise made years before.
“After years of interviews, research, and writing, finally, that’s what this national saga has left me with,” Sam writes. “That the lessons of neuroscience, the epidemic, and the pandemic are really the same: That we are strongest in community, as weak as our most vulnerable, and the least of us lie within us all.”