Beth Macy, author of “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America,” is coming to the University of Virginia’s College at Wise on Friday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths.

Macy will participate in a conversation about her new book, her experiences in Southwest Virginia and the regions efforts to respond to the opioid crisis. The event is sponsored by the UVA-Wise Lecture Committee and co hosted by the College’s Healthy Appalachia Institute.

Some have called “Dopesick” the first book to fully chart the opioid crisis in America. The book is set in Lee County, Lebanon, Abingdon and Roanoke, as well as northern Virginia and the town of Woodstock.

According to Macy’s website, the book takes the reader into the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction.

Macy, a former journalist with the Roanoke Times, has become one of America’s finest writers of creative non-fiction. She is the author of “Factory Man,” about the death of the textile industry in Southside Virginia, and of “Truevine,” the true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks in the early twentieth century.

For more information please contact College Relations at 276-376-1027 or Margie Tomann at 276-376-4882.