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Author Beth Macy to Make Presentation at SCC April 24


Beth Macy, journalist and bestselling author of “Factory Man ” and “Truevine, ” will be making a presentation at Surry Community College Wednesday, April 24 as part of her book tour for “DOPESICK: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America. ”

The public is invited to meet her at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology, Surry Community College, 630 S. Main Street, Dobson.

Macy's presentation will be followed by responses from John Shelton, Surry County Emergency Services Director; and Emily McPeak of Daymark Recovery Services in Mount Airy, which will highlight the issues in Surry County. After the meeting, copies of “DOPESICK ” will be available for purchase, and Macy will be signing copies.

Macy's third book, “DOPESICK: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America, ” takes a look at the national opioid epidemic. It was an instant bestseller, garnering positive reviews, lots of radio and television coverage including an interview on “Fresh Air ” and a television series option with Fox 21 Studios and Warren Littlefield.

“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, ” says Macy. “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. ”

According to Macy's website, this book illuminates the persistent and often conflicting gaps in the treatment and criminal justice landscapes while shining a hopeful light on the heroes battling the worst drug epidemic in American history. Through unsparing and deeply human portraits, DOPESICK hones in on the families and first-responders, “the very hearts of the people who are running the long marathons of struggle and survival, ” according to actor and author Tom Hanks, who calls the book “another deep — and deeply needed — look into the troubled soul of America. ”

For more information, contact Dr. David Wright, Associate Dean of Learning Resources at SCC, at (336) 386-3252 or

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