Naloxone And Coal On This West Virginia Morning


On this West Virginia Morning, we check in with teams distributing anti-overdose drugs to some communities in West Virginia. Also, in this show, West Virginia isn’t the only state grappling with coal industry challenges. We explore how declines in the industry have affected Colorado.

Two days after bars were allowed to reopen in Monongalia County, Gov. Jim Justice has again ordered them closed. That order comes as students from West Virginia University finished their first week of classes and filled downtown Morgantown in droves. Dave Mistich reports.

People in a dozen towns in Putnam and Kanawha counties were handing out free naloxone this week. That’s a life-saving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Emily Allen visited the Upper Kanawha Valley to learn how and when to use it. She brings us this report.

West Virginia is not the only state grappling with the boom and bust cycles of mining. There are several places across the United States where coal is, or was, mined. On the latest episode of Inside Appalachia, host Jessica Lilly spoke with Colorado native and journalist, Kate Schimel during her tenure at High Country News in Colorado, to find out how other places are creating new economies after other industries like coal have gone away.

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