WATCH: Roanoke author Beth Macy at White House for Recovery Month Summit

Published: Sep. 23, 2022 at 1:05 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Roanoke author Beth Macy, who penned the best-selling book “Dopesick,” participated in a Recovery Month Summit at the White House Friday.

Macy said in a tweet Friday morning she would be joined by Danny Strong, the show runner for “Dopesick,” the Emmy award-winning Hulu miniseries based on Macy’s book. She said she would also be joined by Dr. Steve Loyd, the southwest Virginia doctor portrayed by actor Michael Keaton in the show.

Macy recently visited WDBJ7 to promote her newest book, Raising Lazarus, which is a follow-up book to “Dopesick.” focused on treatment options available for those with substance use disorder.

Friday the White House also announced a plan and funding for combating the country’s opioid crisis. The plan includes funding for recovery options in rural communities, adjusting guidance to increase access to FDA-approved naloxone products, funding for law enforcement, the development of a Recovery-Ready Workplace Resource Hub, and proposed sanctions to interrupt the international distribution of fentanyl.