Exchange Exemplar: the missed signs of the growing opioid crisis
The signs of a huge upswing in prescriptions for opioid painkillers were not hard to see. But they were still ignored, until large numbers of Americans began to die of opioid overdoses.
Eric Eyre, an investigative journalist, dug into the details and the players, and won a Pulitzer prize covering the opioid crisis for a newspaper in West Virginia. expands upon the reporting in the book Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic.
The interview provides many important details to just how the problem reached crisis proportions.