Reflecting On Kermit And Blackjewel


On this West Virginia Morning, we revisit Kermit, West Virginia and reflect on how millions of opioids could flood a town of 350 people. Also, in this show, it’s been one year since the two-month long Blackjewel protest. We look back at what it meant and its impact.

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Blackjewel railroad blockade, a two-month-long protest by unpaid miners in the eastern Kentucky coalfields. The Ohio Valley ReSource’s Sydney Boles covered the protest, and now she takes us there again to reflect on what it all meant, one year later.

On the latest episode of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Us & Them, host Trey Kay visits Kermit, a Mingo County town of about 350 people where ten years ago drug companies sent 12 million hydrocodone pills. To get a deeper perspective on how that could be, and how the town’s doing today, Trey spoke at length with Kermit residents and investigative reporter Eric Eyre, who recently published a book on the matter. Here’s an excerpt.

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