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“Not an Elegy: An Oral History of our Opioid Reckoning” Texas State University – San Marcos, TX
November 15, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pmFree
In the midst of this COVID pandemic, another set of communities have also been traumatized by a rise in overdoses and opioid related deaths. Amy Sullivan, a medical humanities and oral history specialist, has focused on the family and care-giving connections that help people with addiction issues persist. Through extended interviews and case-studies with staff, family and people with addiction issues, Sullivan identifies an alternate lived morality in these care networks, one focused on harm reduction and damage mitigation, and slowly becoming a practice in rehab, parenting and care-giving efforts. Her book, Opioid Reckoning: Love, Loss and Redemption in the Rehab State brings these difficult lives, their policy connections and her carefully crafted oral histories into our public sphere.