Crippling Effect

America’s opioid epidemic is laid bare in a stunning New Yorker narrative about Martinsburg, West Virginia, a small town with an overdose death rate of 41.5 per 100,000—the highest in the nation.
 
Here, parents overdose in their cars with kids in the backseat and babies are born in withdrawal. The flagship mill that employed 3,000 people before shutting down in 1971 is now a potential space for a giant rehab facility.
 
Psychotherapist Peter Callahan notes the community effect of the crisis: “If the lady next door is using, and so are other neighbors, and people in your family are too, the odds are good that you’re going to join in.”
 
Source: The New Yorker
 
Thanks for the tip, Nick Moran!

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