Appalachia is ground zero for our nation’s substance abuse crisis. Communities in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and elsewhere find themselves firmly in the grips of addiction and they’re searching for solutions to this epidemic. Last year, more than 68,000 people died from an overdose in America. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl and other synthetic opioids caused the majority of these deaths, but methamphetamine use is surging and someday soon could become our most dangerous threat.
The genesis of today’s drug crisis can be traced to the overprescribing of narcotics in the ...