Author of NY Times bestseller to speak at Gaston

Beth Macy, author of the NY Times bestseller “Dopesick,” the inspiration for the Peabody Award-winning Hulu series that received 14 Emmy nominations, will appear at a free community event to speak about her new book, “Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis.” The event takes place on September 22 in the Myers Center Auditorium at Gaston College. 

“Raising Lazarus” features work conducted by Olive Branch Ministry, a faith-based agency that serves Gaston County and a co-sponsor of Ms. Macy’s presentation. The agency, established by Karen Lowe and Michelle Mathis, is on the front lines of battling the opioid epidemic. Ms. Lowe stated, “While this work is hugely difficult and full of loss, it is also full of hope. That is our mission – to extend hope and extend life.” She continued, “We are thrilled Beth Macy will speak about the challenges and successes she has seen among people living the opioid epidemic. We expect her stories will give strength and hope to those living with OUD, their families and friends, and the professionals who treat and provide them with support.”  

“We are honored to host this event on our campus. Because the pain caused by opioids is so widespread, we want to do our best to educate and inspire our students and the residents of Gaston and Lincoln counties to do all they can to end the stigma associated with this terrible epidemic”, said Luke Upchurch, Executive Director of the Gaston College Foundation. 

Ms. Macy will speak from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Myers Center auditorium at Gaston College, Dallas, N.C., on September 22. From 10 to 10:30, she will autograph copies of “Raising Lazarus” that will be sold at the event. Register at for free tickets to the event. Space is limited. A virtual presentation of the event is also available. 

This presentation is sponsored by Gaston Together, Olive Branch Ministry, and the Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition.

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