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Going After the Opioid Middlemen

How one West Virginia county is trying to tear down the system of addiction.


Episode Notes

West Virginia was—and still is—decimated by the opioid addiction crisis. Now, one county is fighting to hold drug distributors accountable and get treatment for its residents.

Guest: Eric Eyre, senior investigative reporter at Mountain State Spotlight.*

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.

Correction, May 5, 2021: This page originally misspelled Eric Eyre’s last name.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.