Overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, the latest full-year count by the Centers for Disease Control. It’s the highest drug overdose death rate in the world. And nowhere has it been worse than in the Ohio Valley: West Virginia had the nation’s highest rate of fatal drug overdoses; Ohio was second; Kentucky, fifth.
Fayette County Family Court Judge Lucinda Masterton on a foster care system overwhelmed by the drug crisis; Lexington Herald-Leader reporter Bill Estep on a 173% increase in meth arrests ; Dr. TerryBunn , Director of the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center on addiction and overdosing in the workplace, and the FIndHelpNowKY.org treatment reference website; numerous others.
Plus, the latest in our series, "Humans of Central Appalachia."