Author of opioid book to present in Charleston

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In his newest book, “American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts,” Award-winning Guardian reporter Chris McGreal offers a comprehensive look at the devastating addiction epidemic with which so many residents of West Virginia are familiar.

In the book he mentions Pulitzer Prize-winning Gazette-Mail reporter Eric Eyre, who broke the story on unchecked shipments of pain pills to pharmacies in rural communities of West Virginia.

McGreal also mentions former West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw as he details some of the personal impact of the epidemic. The author will make an appearance at Taylor Books at 6 p.m. on Friday to read excerpts from the book and sign copies.

Publisher’s Weekly wrote that McGreal opens “with the story of a shady undertaker-turned-pill-purveyor” and “takes the reader into clinics that churned out prescriptions for painkillers like assembly-line widgets, rarely requiring follow-up appointments or other checks on patient progress when issuing refills.”

Taylor Books is located at 226 Capitol Street. For more information visit or call 304-342-1461.

Funerals for Monday, July 13, 2020

Alford, Virginia - 11 a.m., Apple Grove Memorial Gardens.

Gibson, Harold - 1 p.m., Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Humphreys Sr., Randall - 2:30 p.m., Ward Road Cemetery, Nettie.

Jackson, Shirley - 1 p.m., Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston.

Laudermilt, Darlene - 7 p.m., Foglesong - Casto Funeral Home, Mason.

Nichols, Sharon - 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Sammons, Anthony - 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Tucker, Denver - 3 p.m., Rayne Funeral Home, Eleanor Chapel.