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A Paramedic’s Dispatches From the Front Line of the Opioid Epidemic

Wednesday, January 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm |

*Update: 1/3/2022: As we see an increase in Covid-19 cases across our state and beyond, the Connecticut Historical Society will temporarily close to the public from Tuesday, January 4 through Saturday, January 15. We currently anticipate reopening the museum to the public on Tuesday, January 18. All on-site public programs and tours are canceled during this time.

This event will now be online and begin at 7pm

 

Join us for a book talk with Hartford paramedic Peter Canning, author of Killing Season: A Paramedic’s Dispatches From the Front Line of the Opioid Epidemic.

In April 2021, Canning released Killing Season: A Paramedic’s Dispatches From the Front Line of the Opioid Epidemic. A paramedic on the streets of Hartford for over 25 years, Canning has seen the impact of prescription painkillers, heroin, and the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl firsthand. He tells how he once believed drug users were victims only of their own character flaws, but once he began asking his patients how they had gotten started on their perilous journeys, their heart-rending stories changed Canning’s view. Now armed with an understanding of the science of addiction, he fights against the stigmatization of users and now supports harm reduction, which advocates for needle exchange, community naloxone, and safe-injection sites, and argues for a stronger public heath response to the epidemic that claims over 100,000 American lives a year, including 1,400 in Connecticut.

$6 per household. Purchase tickets here. When you register, you’ll get an email confirmation with an attached receipt that contains the Zoom link.

Questions? Call (860) 236-5621 x289, or email Natalie_Belanger@chs.org.

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