CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An event during the upcoming Virginia Festival of the Book will focus on the opioid crisis and how it is impacting Virginia communities.
The Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition will host American Addictions: Our Opioid Crisis on Wednesday at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
This event will feature Beth Macy, who wrote "Dopesick," and Chris McGreal, who wrote "American Overdose," and their years of reporting on the opioid epidemic in America.
Topics will include where and how the crisis began, corporate greed, lives affected, warning signs that were missed and ongoing consequences.
The books point out that effective approaches to the crisis will require coordination across several systems, including health care, treatment and community-based settings.
The Community Mental health and Wellness Coalition is a group of more than 20 behavioral health safety net organizations that promote behavioral health and wellness through planning, advocacy and access to service.
In 2017, more than 1,200 people died of opioid overdose in Virginia, compared to 843 people killed in traffic crashes.
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