Author Beth Macy to discuss drug addiction book ‘Dopesick’ at library

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Beth Macy as she shares the stories behind her critically acclaimed new book, “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in Library Hall. The book is a nonfiction finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize.

If you go

What: Beth Macy, author talk
When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8
Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Macy has written the only book to fully chart the opioid crisis in America — an unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines. From distressed, small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs and from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns, it’s a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

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

From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where over-treatment with painkillers became the norm. Through unsparing yet deeply human portraits of those struggling with the epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus.

This community talk is free. Books will be available for preorder courtesy of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Visit for more information.

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