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Based in Roanoke, Virginia, Beth has won more than a dozen national awards, including a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard. Her New York Times Bestseller, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America, has been awarded many prizes including the Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Best Southern Books of 2018, the LA Times Book Prize for Science and Technology Winner, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine Annual Media Award Winner. If you’re wondering, as the Dopesick book cover puts it, “How America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment of painkillers became the norm,” you will find the answers here. Other books recommended by Beth Macy include Pain Killer by Barry Meier, Dreamland by Sam Quinones, Drug Dealer, MD by Anna Lembke, and Big Fix by Helton Mitchell.

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Beth Macy

Opioids are now on pace to kill as many Americans in a decade as HIV/AIDS has since it began.

The legal and medical structures meant to combat America’s heroin epidemic were woefully disconnected, often at odds with one another, and full of unintended consequences.

Across the nation, police chiefs and sheriffs were beginning to lament, ‘We can’t arrest our way out of this epidemic.’ That sentiment illuminated the folly of the decades long War On Drugs, in which drug users were arrested four times more often than those who sell the drugs.