UPDATE: This is just one of many parts of a series documenting prescription drug in West Virginia. The following part will be released in the upcoming months. If you have any comments, questions, concerns or ideas feel free to contact me at: email@example.com.
empty shells: For the past few years I have been documenting an issue that plagues my home state of West Virginia as well as a large portion of our country. Prescription drug abuse is hardly any secret, costing West Virginians over $430 million per year.
Based on the most recent data from the Center for Disease and Control, West Virginia is the nation’s medicated state filling 7 times more prescriptions per person annually than the U.S. average.
In 2006 Salon.com named Kermit, WV-a small mining community of 300, ”ground zero of the prescription drug epidemic, ” when 3.19 million dosage units of hydrocodone were filled a total that is ranked 22nd for the entire nation (an average US pharmacy dispenses 97,000 doses per year).
I am forever in debt to the brave individuals who have stepped forward to share their stories with me and my partners. As the months progress more stories will be presented.