A must-see event for anyone wanting to learn more about the people behind the raging opioid crisis—both victims and profiteers. New York Times bestselling author Beth Macy will talk about her book, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America. Dopesick unlocks the answers to why two million Americans, rich and poor, are now addicted to pain killers. Beth Macy reports on the lives of people touched by the drug: from unwitting patients to teen pill-traders to the doctors cashing in on the industry incentives of over-prescribing opioids. The story begins in 1996 with OxyContin, a painkiller promoted by Purdue Pharma as non-addictive even after the company learned that it was being abused.
Macy goes to the front lines, returning to some of the same distressed communities seen in her best-selling book Factory Man. She also takes us to seemingly normal suburban cul-de-sacs and formerly idyllic farm towns, showing how these drugs can destroy the lives of anyone, anywhere.
Though Macy never shies from the bleak realities, her message is nevertheless hopeful. These portraits reveal the spirit and tenacity of those facing addiction, and their resolve to build a better future. Macy is also author of Truevine, a national bestseller.
Admission is $15 per seat. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.cityoperahouse.org/beth-macy