Jennifer Poff Cooper
“Nothing can be changed until it is faced,” said former Roanoke Times reporter and New York Times best-selling author Beth Macy of the opioid crisis.
Macy is doing just that with her newest book “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America,” which she discussed at the Christiansburg Public Library Tuesday night.
The event was free and open to the public, with standing room only. Macy’s mix of stories, shocking statistics and possible solutions kept the audience riveted.
Retiree Marjorie Modlin said she attended because she had read Macy’s other books, “Factory Man” and “Truevine,” and feels Macy is an “outstanding writer.”
Also, said Modlin, the subject matter is important.
“It’s on the news every day,” she said.
Peggy Dunn noted she saw fellow teachers present, saying that not only does she talk about “Dopesick” in her classes but also that students and their families are affected by the subject matter.
Macy began by acknowledging that this is a difficult topic and expressing sympathy for those who have experience loss due to drug overdoses. There have been 72,000 deaths due to opioid overdoses, she said.
The big picture is that the epidemic is “festering and growing,” said Macy….