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Death in Mud Lick

A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic

by Eric Eyre

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    Mar 2020, 304 pages

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Investigating the drug companies and distributors that flooded rural Appalachia with millions of pain pills, leaving a public health crisis in their wake.

When Eric Eyre, investigative and statehouse reporter for the Charleston Gazette-Daily, began covering the opioid crisis in 2013, it started as a local issue: West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's inauguration party was funded by Cardinal Health, the Fortune 500 company that was facing charges linked to prescription drug abuse. By 2017, Eyre's continued exposure of the opioid epidemic and those responsible for it won him the Pulitzer Prize. Death in Mud Lick is Eyre's look back at what's happened in West Virginia in light of new data on the damage done by drug distributors.

The book starts with a tragedy: Debbie Preece's path to find retribution for the death of her brother, William "Bull" Preece. Bull died in 2005 at the age of 45 from oxycodone intoxication. After a fall in the coal mine where he worked in 2000, he became addicted to OxyContin and Lortab. At the time of...

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