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The racial divide in the opioid epidemic

February 27, 2016
By: Steven Ross Johnson, Modern Healthcare

The city of Huntington, a community of nearly 50,000 located in western West Virginia, over the past several years has felt the harsh impact of the nation's drug abuse crisis.

The state's mortality rate from drug overdoses rose by 65% between 2009 and 2013. Huntington lies within one of the most heavily affected counties in the state, where more than 900 people overdosed in 2015. Seventy of them died.

Jim Johnson has seen firsthand how the face of drug abuse in Huntington has shifted over the years.


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