Confronting the opioid epidemic

Beth Macy stands at a podium with a microphone speaking.

Speaking up

Author Beth Macy spoke to the Quinnipiac community about the damaging course of the opioid crisis, which she chronicles in her book "Dopesick."

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est-selling author Beth Macy looked out at the Quinnipiac crowd and pointed her finger like a soul-stealing Dementor from “Harry Potter.”

“I want you. I want you. I want you,” said Macy, whose latest work, “Dopesick,” chronicles the vicious path of the opioid epidemic across all races, ages, genders and socio-economic groups.

Macy came to Quinnipiac recently to give an unvarnished talk about addiction and the 72,000 people in America who died of drug overdoses in 2017 — 60,000 of them from opioids.

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“I know from experience there are people in this room who have lost people to drug overdoses,” Macy said, offering her sympathies.

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Beth Macy stands talking to another woman in front of a window.

Seeing the victims

Macy spoke to those in attendance about the indiscriminate damage opioid addiction is causing in America.

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The author also laid out a scathing indictment of Purdue Pharma, the Connecticut-based maker of the painkiller OxyContin and the defendant in thousands of lawsuits.

Macy’s lecture was part of the university’s “Campus Cross Talk” series, focused this year on topics surrounding opioids and the opioid crisis.