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Friday, April 13

12:00pm EDT

Founders Luncheon: Dopesick - Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Factory Man comes the only book to fully chart the opioid crisis in America-an unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines.

In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it's a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother's question-why her only son died-and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. In some of the same distressed communities featured in her bestselling book Factory Man, the unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death.
Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in a country unable to provide basic healthcare for all, Macy still finds reason to hope-and signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary in those facing addiction to build a better future for themselves and their families.

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Beth Macy

Journalist, Author of Dopesick, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Beth Macy is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling “Factory Man” and "Truevine.” Her forthcoming book on the opioid crisis, “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company That Addicted America,” publishes Aug. 7, 2018.

Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
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12:00pm EDT

Founders Luncheon: Taking Back Healthcare
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In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. New York Times bestselling author Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal and Natassia Rozario of the renowned Camden Coalition don't just explain the symptoms, they diagnose and treat the disease itself, spelling out exactly how communities and patients can recapture agency over a system that’s lost touch with its purpose.

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Elisabeth Rosenthal

Author, An American Sickness
Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, is the author of the 2017 New York Times bestseller, “An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back.” She was a reporter and senior writer at the New York Times for 22 years, winning numerous awards for her coverage... Read More →
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Natassia Rozario

Asso. Counsel Senior Director of External Affairs, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Natassia Rozario is the associate counsel and senior director of external affairs at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the wellbeing of individuals facing the most complex health and social challenges. Since their inception... Read More →

Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
Commonwalth Restaurant
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