'Dopesick' author to speak virtually at Essentia Health event

Virtual event will address a message of hope

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Journalist and bestselling author Beth Macy, in partnership with Essentia Health, will host a virtual presentation to discuss the stigma surrounding substance use disorder.

The presentation will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. Titled “Hope and Help: America’s Overdose Crisis,” Macy will present evidence-based pathways for getting people into care; the need for health care teams to meet substance use disorder patients with nonjudgmental care; and harm reduction as a gateway into medication-assisted therapy.

Macy is best known for her books “Dopesick,” which inspired the Hulu limited series of the same name, and “Raising Lazarus.”

The presentation is free and open to the public. Those interested can join online via Zoom at

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This is the third seminar Macy has hosted with Essentia Health in the last year.


This event is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of an award totaling $1 million, with 0% financed by nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor are they an endorsement by, the HRSA, HHS or the U.S. government.

In addition to Macy’s presentation, the grant will help create a plan to implement prevention, treatment and recovery programming over the next three years.

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