Dopesick Author Beth MacySVHEC hopes to shed light on the opioid crisis with "Dopesick: An Addicted America. A Night with Author Beth Macy” on Oct.22nd at 7:00pm

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center Area Health Education Center (SVHEC-AHEC) and Halifax County-South Boston Public Library (HCSB) have partnered to bring “Dopesick: An Addicted America. A Night with Author Beth Macy” to the Prizery on Monday, October 22nd at 7:00pm. Additional event sponsors are Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, Southside Community Services Board, and The Prizery.

Beth Macy is the New York Times Bestselling Author of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America. In this highly anticipated, and recently released book, Macy examines the opioid crisis and its impact on three Virginia communities.

Ms. Macy writes on her website, “I wrote the 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. From distressed small communities in central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs, from disparate cities to once idyllic farm towns, it’s a heartbreaking trajectory that explains how the national crisis became so entrenched.”

Actor and author Tom Hanks calls the book “another deep—and deeply needed—look into the troubled soul of America.”

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control recorded 1,405 drug-related deaths in Virginia—more than firearm deaths (1,049) and homicides (455). News coverage about the national opioid epidemic is widespread, with frequent reports of ever-increasing death tolls. In early September, the Martinsville Police Department issued a warning about the danger of fentanyl, noting a “drastic spike in substance abuse overdoses.”

“As one of eight federally funded Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in Virginia, we at SVHEC AHEC want to raise awareness of the Opioid Use epidemic that is creeping into our region. In addition to compelling evidence of opioid impact in Virginia, this presentation will include commentary from local professionals who will share information about impact in our part of Virginia,” said Ann Bishop, SVHEC Associate Director of the Center of Nursing Excellence and SVHEC-AHEC.

“Dope Sick: An Addicted America. A Night with Author Beth Macy” is free, but registration is required by visiting http://registration.svhec.org/dopesick. A small number of tickets to a private reception with the author may be purchased at the same site for $25.00 each.

For more information contact: Virginia Byrd at 434-572-5568 or email virginiabyrd@svhec.org.