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Author visiting Abingdon to discuss book on opioid crisis

Staff Report • Aug 18, 2018 at 9:00 AM

ABINGDON — A New York Times bestselling author will visit the region on Sunday to discuss her newest work, which delves into America’s opioid crisis.

Beth Macy, author of “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America,” will speak in Abingdon at 3 p.m. at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church as part of her national book tour.

About the book

“Dopesick” is the first book to fully chart the opioid crisis in America, according to a press release. It is an unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines of the country’s decades-long struggle.

The book is set in Lee County, Abingdon and Roanoke, in addition to Northern Virginia and the town of Woodstock.

Beginning with a single dealer who lands in St. Charles in Lee County and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother’s question of why her only son died and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need.

From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy explores how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm.

About the author

Macy is a former journalist with the Roanoke Times who, over the last several years, has become one of America’s finest writers of creative nonfiction.

She is the author of “Factory Man,” written about the death of the textile industry in Southside Virginia, and “Truevine,” the true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks in the early 20th century.

About the event

Sunday’s event is part of the literary series Sunday with Friends, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Washington County Public Library.

Books will be available for sale and signing during the event.

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