~ Press release issued by Northwestern Community Services Board and Page Alliance for Community Action
LURAY — Page Alliance for Community Action and Northwestern Community Services Board are partnering to host New York Times best-selling author Sam Quinones on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Luray High School, 243 Bulldog Drive, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and those who attend will have the opportunity to have a book signed following the presentation.
Sam’s book “The Least of Us” shows the hardships families who have dealt with addiction have suffered, but also how we can work together and create a community of healing. In the book, Sam speaks with
neuroscientists and helps readers understand the why behind addiction.
“Our revolution in neuroscience research has shown that around 30 percent of people have a genetic disposition for addiction. But no matter what a person’s genetic disposition, no one gets addicted to drugs she hasn’t tried” ~ Quinones, Sam. (2022). Neuroscience III. The Least of Us: True tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth (pp. 151. Book, Bloomsbury).
Shannon Urum Coordinator of Northwestern Community Services Board Prevention and Wellness Services says, “We are excited for the opportunity to have Sam Quinones come to our community as part of our regional efforts to reduce substance misuse and overdose.”
The Prevention Department at Northwestern Community Services Board has a mission to prevent substance misuse and suicide and to promote mental wellness in the Lord Fairfax Planning District. The Department utilizes evidence-based programs, practices, and strategies targeting concerns identified by needs assessments and using the Strategic Prevention Framework as its guide. An emphasis is placed on community collaboration and mobilization, enabling groups to be brought together for the benefit of the community. Find more information at http://www.nwcsb.com/prevention.php
Page Alliance for Community Action (or PACA) is a non-profit coalition of agencies, parents, youth, and
concerned citizens. Their main goal is to promote healthy life choices for the youth and families in Page County. They work to provide a healthy, drug-free environment for those in our community. With the volunteers in the coalition the funding from federal, state, and foundation grants, PACA has focused our attention on preventing substance misuse among our youth and combating childhood obesity with physical activities and nutritional education. Find more information at www.pagecoalition.org
Join Northwestern and PACA for this discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at LHS and learn how to affect change.
To register for this in-person event please visit the Eventbrite page at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-best-selling-author-sam-quinones-tickets-211930438647