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Posted on: August 23, 2023

Community Book Read Announced

community book read announced

Community Book Read Announced

Lenawee County is pleased to announce a community book read for the book The Least of Us by Sam Quinones.  Members of the community are invited to obtain the book, available for free at your local Lenawee County Library, or available for purchase online at all major book retailers.  Then read the book between now and October 2, 2023, and join us for a discussion with the author virtually.


“We are super excited to host this first community book read,” explains Francine Zysk, Lenawee County Community Development Coordinator. “Mr. Quinones is a journalist and author who has spent the last thirty-plus years researching and reporting on the substance abuse problems in the United States and Mexico. His first book Dreamland covered the opioid epidemic and this book gets into the problems we are now facing with Fentanyl and Methamphetamine.  This discussion is a fantastic opportunity for any community members who are engaged or interested in advocating for change in our community.”

The virtual discussion will be held on Zoom on October 2, 2023 starting at 6:00 PM, and lasting until approximately 7:30 PM.  Members can access the meeting by utilizing the meeting zoom link.

“As our Opioid Action Team dives deep into the data of the substance abuse disorder epidemic facing Lenawee County, we have uncovered some interesting facts,” states Zysk. “We had 28 members of our community die last year from overdose, and the analysis is startling. The problem is no longer related just to prescription narcotics and heroin. We are seeing evidence that Fentanyl and Methamphetamine are our biggest challenges in the days ahead. We think this community book read is a great launching pad to start discussing this across the community.” 

Lenawee County Opioid Action Plan

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