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What does it mean to be dopesick? When you're addicted and have run out of pills, it means misery and desperation. Journalist Beth Macy joins us with chilling stories from America's opioid crisis. (Rebroadcast)

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Journalist Beth Macy’s quest to understand the opioid epidemic started with one grieving mother’s question: why did her son die? We’ve heard a lot about how pharmaceutical companies, the illicit drug trade, joblessness, and poverty have contributed to the crisis. Macy’s goal with her book though is to make people care about the some 300,000 individuals who will die from addiction in the next five years. She joins us to tell personal stories at the heart of the crisis. (Rebroadcast)

Beth Macy is a journalist who covered the opioid crisis for The Roanoke Times in Virginia. She's the author of three books including her latest Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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