Roanoke author Beth Macy talks success, message of award-winning Hulu series ‘Dopesick’

Roanoke, Virginia. Hulu’s “Dopesick,” which premiered in October, is based on Beth Macy’s book by local author and former Roanoke Times reporter. Some parts of the show were filmed in Clifton Forge.

The show tells the story of those involved in the opioid epidemic in America.

“I am very happy with it,” Messi said. “The two things I put in were one, I didn’t want Hollywood to stereotype Appalachia, and it didn’t,” she said. “And that was my second hope on the show, which was to give an important message about treatments that would not stigmatize those who are receiving medication-assisted treatment.”

[‘Dopesick’ premiere on Hulu highlights parts of Southwest Virginia]


The Hulu mini-series has been nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards and Critics’ Choice Awards and this week won a Golden Globe for its character Michael Keaton.

“Michael Keaton got this character right and he personally lost a relative to an opioid overdose, so this was a passion project for him as well,” Macy said.

Macy’s served as one of the executive producers and co-writers to help adapt her book to the screen. Macy’s credits show, Danny Strong, in the show’s unique format takes viewers through different time periods.

“Danny took 20 years of the story and compressed it into eight hours of television in an entertaining way but also got a storyline with many different battalions. So many different elements,” Messi said.

Macy’s is currently working on her fourth book, Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis, which is due out in August.


As for the second season of Dopesick, she says, “There are more stories to tell. I don’t know if there will be a second season but I would love for there to be.”

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