It’s been about 20 years since the opioid epidemic started. Appalachia has been called ground zero for this crisis, and the Mountain State leads the country in drug overdose deaths. This episode of Inside Appalachia explores how the epidemic is affecting veterans, who are twice as likely to become addicted to opioids than the general, or civilian, population.
Appalachia is bleeding population; the 2015 U.S. Census showed West Virginia was losing population faster than any other state. There’s a struggle to leave, and to stay.