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Journalist Covers Ground Zero In The Opioid Epidemic


The numbers in the opioid epidemic stagger the mind.  And not just the people who have died, running something like 130 a day in the United States. 

The sheer tsunami of prescriptions also defies comprehension, like the pharmacy in Kermit, West Virginia that distributed 12 million opioid pain pills in three years--in a town of 382 people.  Finding out why won a Pulitzer Prize for journalist Eric Eyre. 

He recounts his newspaper work in longer form in the book Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight Against the Drug Companies that Delivered the Opioid Epidemic.  The author visits with details of his work, and an update on how COVID-19 complicates the recovery process for people addicted to opioids.  

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