Aug. 29, 2022 – Tim Nolan, a nurse practitioner who treats the forgotten and forsaken in rural North Carolina with medical supplies pulled from the back of his Prius. Rev. Michelle Mathis, who runs an outreach with her wife in Mount Airy, North Carolina, a town thought to be the inspiration for Andy Griffith’s fictional Mayberry; she describes herself “like the grandma that does syringe exchange and delivers biscuits.” Nan Goldin, a renowned photographer whose large-scale pop-up protests have brought attention to the opioid epidemic and shame to the Sackler family, whose company, Purdue Pharma, reaped billions in profits. Nikki King, an Appalachian native whose youth and take-no-crap attitude were both blessings and curses: She could see her way around obstacles others couldn’t, but she was so immersed in her harm reduction efforts she risked burning herself out.


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