Beth Macy - Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America — in conversation with Dan Vergano

Upcoming Event
Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

In 2016 opioids killed an average of 10.3 people per 100,000 in this country. Today, there are some 2.6 million people addicted to opiates nationwide, and overdoses are the leading cause of death for those under age 50. In her compassionate and revelatory investigation of the country’s twenty-plus year opioid crisis, Macy gives these statistics meaning by telling the stories of hard-hit western Virginia communities. Revisiting some of the places that figured in Factory Man, her study of the socio-economic effects of outsourcing labor, Macy traces the combined roles of joblessness, aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies, regulatory laxness, and an increasingly medicalized culture to explain how so many become so quickly addicted to painkillers like OxyContin, and why the addiction is so hard to break. Macy will be in conversation with Dan Vergano, science reporter at BuzzFeed News.


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Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America By Beth Macy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316551243
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 7th, 2018

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