Dec 5, 2020
Appalachian coal town of under 400 with a tiny drugstore making so
much money selling opioids that the owner served popcorn to the
throngs waiting in long lines for their pills. What happened
in Kermit, West Virginia is a story of America’s poor being
exploited for profit by corporations headquartered hundreds of
miles away. Eric Eyre's Pulitizer
Prize winning reporting opened the country’s eyes to an epidemic
that has taken nearly a million lives.
Eyre has written a book but the original work for was for a
small-town paper in Charleston, West Virginia — the
kind dwindling from the media landscape as big media companies
take over. His work is a triumph of the kind of investigative
journalism that often comes from local papers but sadly, we are
seeing the end of an era.