Killing Season: Coming April 6


I have had some great publicity for my forthcoming book lately.

Here is a interview with the Hartford Courant:

Paramedic chronicles the daily tragedy of drug overdoses in Connecticut before and during pandemic

The story was picked up by other papers across the country.

I also received a great review in EMS World from Mike Rubin:

Book Review: Killing Season

Here are some of the other advance reviews for the book:



“Full of engaging stories. Only someone on the front lines of the crisis, like an EMT, could describe overdose situations and the people who have overdoses with such color.”

— Barbara Andraka-Christou, University of Central Florida, author of The Opioid Fix: America’s Addiction Crisis and the Solution They Don’t Want You to Have

“With crisp and propulsive storytelling, Peter Canning chronicles his evolution as a paramedic during the most lethal drug crisis in history. As a rookie, Canning initially regards opioid users as ‘scumbags’ but eventually finds empathy for the victims of this man-made epidemic. To understand the street-level toll of this disaster, read Killing Season.”

— John Temple, author of American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic

“From his ambulance Peter takes us through decades of overdose. Through his eyes we see a failed drug war, the effects of an overprescribing nation, and his own personal growth. He gives names and faces to the invisible masses while reminding us we are only a prescription away ourselves. A must read.”

— Van Asher, Harm Reduction Coordinator, Cylar House, Housing Works

“Killing Season is a penetrating and gritty work about tragic death, one paramedic’s struggle to help, and the heartbreaking plague of opioids in America. Peter Canning’s compassionate and important testimony dissects the anatomy of an epidemic and provides valuable insights and prescriptions for fighting it. Everyone should read this book!”

— Kevin Grange, author of Lights and Sirens: The Education of a Paramedic

“Killing Season is engaging and informative. Peter Canning lets us see what he has seen and learn what he has learned. The lessons are hard, but worth sticking around for.”

— Anna Lembke, MD, author of Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop

“Ride with paramedic Peter Canning for a compassionate first-person view of the opioid crisis in America. Canning’s stories from the front lines explain the origins of addiction, shed light on the pain caused by heroin, explore the potential of harm reduction, and eulogize the dead by remembering their humanity. Canning will change how you feel about opioid addiction.”

— Greg Friese, MS, NRP, Editorial Director,

While the book is not out officially until April 6, I received a box with some copies this week and I have heard people who have ordered through the Johns Hopkins University Press web site, have also already received theirs. 

Johns Hopkins University Press