Books Sandwiched In welcomes Dr. Mark McGrail

Join Dr. Mark McGrail for a consideration of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy on Wednesday, July 24, noon–1:00 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium at 601 South Gay Street.

"Dopesick expertly takes the reader on a journey through the opioid crisis, from first recognition to the devastation opioid addiction has inflicted upon too many families," McGrail said. "It is a story all too familiar to thousands of East Tennesseans and provokes critical conversations not only regarding the 'how and why did this happen' but also the 'what can we do about it' for our communities." 

Beth Macy inspires wonder by first revealing the relentless physical, structural and social forces behind this opioid crisis and then reasons to find hope to work for the transformational change required to overcome them.

 McGrail, Director of Addiction Medicine for Cherokee Health Systems, is board certified in both family medicine and addiction medicine. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. McGrail performed a family medicine residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center and a fellowship in primary care behavioral medicine at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville. After his retirement from the Army in 2016, he joined Cherokee which provides comprehensive outpatient treatment for patients suffering from substance use disorders.

Books Sandwiched In is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of Knox County Public Library. Bring a sandwich or pick up something from a downtown restaurant; bottled water and soft drinks will be available to purchase for fifty cents.