Voices from Kermit: How One Southern W.Va. Town is Coping with Effects of the Opioid Crisis


On this West Virginia Morning, we hear a two-part story from Report for America corps member Emily Allen. The small southern West Virginia town of Kermit has had more than its fair share of national headlines, especially when it comes to the town’s struggle with the opioid crisis. 

But few stories focus on the people themselves. Emily visited Kermit earlier this summer to hear from several residents, and what they think the town needs to emerge from that struggle.

Emily also takes us across the Tug Fork River, which separates West Virginia from Kentucky, into the town of Warfield. There, we’ll hear from Joseph Mullins, who owns one of three local funeral homes serving families around the Kermit area.

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