“A harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency.”
An instant New York Times and indie bestseller, Dopesick is the only book to fully chart the devastating opioid crisis in America. Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America’s twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it’s a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.
Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother’s question-why her only son died-and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm.
“An impressive feat of journalism, monumental in scope and urgent in its implications.”
Jennifer Latson, The Boston Globe
A book signing will follow the lecture. A selection of backlist titles and the author’s current book will be available for sale from Mystery Lovers Bookshop.