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Posted on: September 21, 2020

DOPESICK: A Conversation on the Opioid Crisis in America With Best-Selling Author Beth Macy

Rockville, Maryland, Sept. 11 – Author and journalist Beth Macy will take part in an online discussion of her “New York Times” bestselling book, “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America.” 

The virtual book talk, to be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, is one of a series of events to mark September’s National Recovery Month, and part of the Rockville Goes Purple campaign to shine a spotlight on, and educate the community about, the epidemic.

Be part of the conversation by preregistering.

The theme of this year’s Rockville Goes Purple campaign is “Opioids: Let’s Talk About It,” which encourages dialogue about, and openness around, the problems of opioid addiction, and seeks to create awareness about the dangers of stigmatizing addiction.

In “Dopesick,” Macy investigates the powerful forces that led America’s doctors and patients to embrace a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm.

“I wrote this book the only way I knew how — by witnessing the epidemic’s landing in three Virginia communities over two decades and getting to know the people on the front lines,” she said.

The book is soon set to become an eight-episode limited series, starring Michael Keaton, on the streaming network, Hulu.

Montgomery College political science professor Greg Sember will moderate the discussion. The audience will be invited to ask questions.

Find out more about Macy’s work at Learn more about the Rockville Goes Purple initiative and other events that mark National Recovery Month at

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Marylou Berg

Director of Communication


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