Battling the Opioid Epidemic
Monday, February 5 at 7 p.m.
Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Blenheim Blvd, Fairfax, VA
About the Event
Journalist Beth Macy unveils the raw, human side of the opioid crisis – from its beginnings in small-town Virginia and its stratospheric rise, to the everyday heroes fighting to save lives ten years on. In Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America, Macy weaves a complex tale of public health, company avarice, shadowy finances, political intrigue, racial dynamics, and class struggles. Her followup, Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis, profiles “treatment innovators” working to help those suffering. The Washington Post says Macy is “back with a portrait of the compassionate and practical people who have stepped in to help stem the tens of thousands of drug deaths that still destroy families every year.” Macy’s books are must-reads for every American eager to comprehend the multifaceted dimensions of a crisis that touches us all. Presented in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Free tickets will become available on Eventbrite starting on January 29 at 7 p.m. EST.
About the Author
Beth Macy is a journalist who writes about outsiders and underdogs. Her writing has won more than two dozen national journalism awards, including a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard, a J. Anthony Lukas Prize for Factory Man, and an L.A. Times Book Prize for Dopesick, which was made into a Peabody Award-winning series for Hulu starring Michael Keaton. All four of her books, including her second book, Truevine, were instant New York Times bestsellers. Her newest book is Raising Lazarus. She lives in Roanoke, Virginia, with her husband, Tom, and Mavis, their rescue mutt.