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In her new book Dopesick, author Beth Macy paints a series of devastatingly emotional portraits of the lives of those lost—dead and alive—to the opioid epidemic. She harnesses her strengths as a reporter by sharing the stories of regular users, grieving families, first responders, and even a convicted heroin dealer. One of her opioid-addicted interviewees is a Virginia mother whose addiction began after gallbladder surgery. Her doctor did not make her take powerful painkillers but simply told her to do so, and she thought she should trust her doctor. This woman’s story is not unique. She is one of about 2.6 million people facing an opioid addiction in the U.S. But how did painkillers provoke such a far-reaching epidemic? According to Macy, the answer is not a simple one, as factors including joblessness, pharmaceutical marketing, and a culture of overtreatment all come into play. Read more>>> Dopesick is not an easy read, but an essential one in trying to understand, and ultimately remedy, a crisis. Beth Macy speaks at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. (Rose Shafer)

OH AND ALSO

Toronto folk-pop band Wild Rivers performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $10–$12.

Black Cat welcomes The Shondes, a Brooklyn rock band known for its sing along-style anthems. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.

The Filene Center at Wolf Trap hosts a performance of Disney hits, performed live in concert by Broadway stars with Wolf Trap Orchestra. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$65.

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