How The Over-Prescription Of Opioids Fueled The Epidemic In West Virginia | NBC Nightly News

How The Over-Prescription Of Opioids Fueled The Epidemic In West Virginia | NBC Nightly News


GABE GUTIERREZ IS
THERE IN OUR
CONTINUING SERIES “ONE THERE IN OUR CONTINUING SERIES “ONE NATION OVERDOSED.” CONTINUING SERIES “ONE NATION OVERDOSED.”>>Reporter: NESTLED NATION OVERDOSED.”>>Reporter: NESTLED IN THE HILLS OF APA>>Reporter: NESTLED IN THE HILLS OF APA LABOR YA IS IN THE HILLS OF APA LABOR YA IS WILLIAMSON, WEST LABOR YA IS WILLIAMSON, WEST VIRGINIA, POPULATION WILLIAMSON, WEST VIRGINIA, POPULATION 3200. VIRGINIA, POPULATION 3200. BUT INVESTIGATORS SAY 3200. BUT INVESTIGATORS SAY IN LITTLE MORE THAN A BUT INVESTIGATORS SAY IN LITTLE MORE THAN A DECADE MORE THAN 20 IN LITTLE MORE THAN A DECADE MORE THAN 20 MILLION PRESCRIPTION DECADE MORE THAN 20 MILLION PRESCRIPTION PILLS WERE SOLD HERE. MILLION PRESCRIPTION PILLS WERE SOLD HERE. AN AVERAGE OF 6500 PER PILLS WERE SOLD HERE. AN AVERAGE OF 6500 PER PERSON. AN AVERAGE OF 6500 PER PERSON. HOW READILY AVAILABLE PERSON. HOW READILY AVAILABLE ARE THESE PILLS IN HOW READILY AVAILABLE ARE THESE PILLS IN THIS PART OF WEST ARE THESE PILLS IN THIS PART OF WEST VIRGINIA? THIS PART OF WEST VIRGINIA?>>THEYRE EVERYWHERE. VIRGINIA?>>THEYRE EVERYWHERE.>>Reporter: THIS>>THEYRE EVERYWHERE.>>Reporter: THIS WOMAN IS NOW IN>>Reporter: THIS WOMAN IS NOW IN RECOVERY AFTER YEARS WOMAN IS NOW IN RECOVERY AFTER YEARS OF AGONY. RECOVERY AFTER YEARS OF AGONY.>>IT WAS AWFUL. OF AGONY.>>IT WAS AWFUL. BECAUSE YOU WANT YOUR>>IT WAS AWFUL. BECAUSE YOU WANT YOUR PILLS. BECAUSE YOU WANT YOUR PILLS. YOU DONT WANT YOUR PILLS. YOU DONT WANT YOUR MARRIAGE. YOU DONT WANT YOUR MARRIAGE. YOU DONT WANT YOUR MARRIAGE. YOU DONT WANT YOUR KIDS. YOU DONT WANT YOUR KIDS. YOU WANT YOUR PILLS. KIDS. YOU WANT YOUR PILLS.>>Reporter: THE HOUSE YOU WANT YOUR PILLS.>>Reporter: THE HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE>>Reporter: THE HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE HAS JUST ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE HAS JUST SENT LETTERS TO TWO COMMITTEE HAS JUST SENT LETTERS TO TWO REGIONAL DRUG SENT LETTERS TO TWO REGIONAL DRUG DISTRIBUTORS ASKING REGIONAL DRUG DISTRIBUTORS ASKING WHY THEY OVERSUPPLIED DISTRIBUTORS ASKING WHY THEY OVERSUPPLIED THIS TOWN AND OTHERS. WHY THEY OVERSUPPLIED THIS TOWN AND OTHERS.>>THEYRE MAKING A THIS TOWN AND OTHERS.>>THEYRE MAKING A FORTUNE OFF OF OUR>>THEYRE MAKING A FORTUNE OFF OF OUR DOWNFALL. FORTUNE OFF OF OUR DOWNFALL.>>Reporter: ONE OF DOWNFALL.>>Reporter: ONE OF THOSE DISTRIBUTORS,>>Reporter: ONE OF THOSE DISTRIBUTORS, H.D. SMITH, TELLS NBC THOSE DISTRIBUTORS, H.D. SMITH, TELLS NBC NEWS IT OPERATES WITH H.D. SMITH, TELLS NBC NEWS IT OPERATES WITH STRINGENT PROTECTION NEWS IT OPERATES WITH STRINGENT PROTECTION OF OUR NATIONS STRINGENT PROTECTION OF OUR NATIONS HEALTHCARE SUPPLY OF OUR NATIONS HEALTHCARE SUPPLY CHAIN. HEALTHCARE SUPPLY CHAIN. THE OTHER MIAMI LUKEN CHAIN. THE OTHER MIAMI LUKEN SAYS WE ARE WORKING THE OTHER MIAMI LUKEN SAYS WE ARE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH THE SAYS WE ARE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH THE COMMITTEE TO ADDRESS VERY CLOSELY WITH THE COMMITTEE TO ADDRESS THEIR QUESTIONS. COMMITTEE TO ADDRESS THEIR QUESTIONS. MARK TROY IS AN THEIR QUESTIONS. MARK TROY IS AN ATTORNEY WHO HAS MARK TROY IS AN ATTORNEY WHO HAS SEVERAL PENDING ATTORNEY WHO HAS SEVERAL PENDING LAWSUITS AGAINST DRUG SEVERAL PENDING LAWSUITS AGAINST DRUG DISTRIBUTORS. LAWSUITS AGAINST DRUG DISTRIBUTORS. WHO IS TO BLAME HERE, DISTRIBUTORS. WHO IS TO BLAME HERE, THE DRUG WHO IS TO BLAME HERE, THE DRUG MANUFACTURERS, THE THE DRUG MANUFACTURERS, THE PHARMACIES AND THE MANUFACTURERS, THE PHARMACIES AND THE DOCTORS? PHARMACIES AND THE DOCTORS?>>YES, YES, AND YES. DOCTORS?>>YES, YES, AND YES. ITS A GIGANTIC>>YES, YES, AND YES. ITS A GIGANTIC PROBLEM. ITS A GIGANTIC PROBLEM.>>Reporter: WE WENT PROBLEM.>>Reporter: WE WENT TO THE TWO WILLIAMSON>>Reporter: WE WENT TO THE TWO WILLIAMSON PHARMACIES MENTIONED TO THE TWO WILLIAMSON PHARMACIES MENTIONED IN A CONGRESSIONAL PHARMACIES MENTIONED IN A CONGRESSIONAL REPORT JUST TWO BLOCKS IN A CONGRESSIONAL REPORT JUST TWO BLOCKS APART. REPORT JUST TWO BLOCKS APART. HI THERE. APART. HI THERE. GABE GUTIERREZ WITH HI THERE. GABE GUTIERREZ WITH NBC NEWS. GABE GUTIERREZ WITH NBC NEWS. ONE REFUSED TO SPEAK NBC NEWS. ONE REFUSED TO SPEAK TO US. ONE REFUSED TO SPEAK TO US.>>NO COMMENT. TO US.>>NO COMMENT.>>Reporter: THE OTHER>>NO COMMENT.>>Reporter: THE OTHER DECLINED TO GO ON>>Reporter: THE OTHER DECLINED TO GO ON CAMERA BUT THE OWNER DECLINED TO GO ON CAMERA BUT THE OWNER TOLD US SHE THOUGHT CAMERA BUT THE OWNER TOLD US SHE THOUGHT THE CONGRESSIONAL TOLD US SHE THOUGHT THE CONGRESSIONAL REPORT WAS MISLEADING. THE CONGRESSIONAL REPORT WAS MISLEADING. SHE SAID THE REPORT WAS MISLEADING. SHE SAID THE FAMILY-RUN BUSINESS SHE SAID THE FAMILY-RUN BUSINESS SERVED NOT JUST FAMILY-RUN BUSINESS SERVED NOT JUST WILLIAMSON BUT A LARGE SERVED NOT JUST WILLIAMSON BUT A LARGE SURROUNDING AREA, AND WILLIAMSON BUT A LARGE SURROUNDING AREA, AND THAT IT FILLS LEGAL SURROUNDING AREA, AND THAT IT FILLS LEGAL PRESCRIPTIONS. THAT IT FILLS LEGAL PRESCRIPTIONS.>>EVERYBODYS PRESCRIPTIONS.>>EVERYBODYS ADDICTION.>>EVERYBODYS ADDICTION. THEYVE GOT TO BE ADDICTION. THEYVE GOT TO BE GETTING IT SOMEWHERE. THEYVE GOT TO BE GETTING IT SOMEWHERE.>>Reporter: NOW IN GETTING IT SOMEWHERE.>>Reporter: NOW IN TREATMENT, SHE HAS>>Reporter: NOW IN TREATMENT, SHE HAS HOPE THAT SHINING A TREATMENT, SHE HAS HOPE THAT SHINING A LIGHT ON AN EPIDEMIC HOPE THAT SHINING A LIGHT ON AN EPIDEMIC CAN HELP HER AND THIS LIGHT ON AN EPIDEMIC CAN HELP HER AND THIS TOWN. CAN HELP HER AND THIS TOWN. TONIGHT THERE IS TOWN. TONIGHT THERE IS FRUSTRATION HERE AS TO TONIGHT THERE IS FRUSTRATION HERE AS TO HOW THIS COMMUNITY WAS FRUSTRATION HERE AS TO HOW THIS COMMUNITY WAS FLOODED WITH PILLS. HOW THIS COMMUNITY WAS FLOODED WITH PILLS. THE CONGRESSIONAL FLOODED WITH PILLS. THE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE SAYS IT WILL THE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE SAYS IT WILL CONTINUE TO COMMITTEE SAYS IT WILL CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE AND CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF INVESTIGATE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS HAS JUST ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS HAS JUST LAUNCHED A CRACKDOWN

8 thoughts on “How The Over-Prescription Of Opioids Fueled The Epidemic In West Virginia | NBC Nightly News”

  1. It is ironic that the medical industry helped to create the problem, and the same medical industry will profit from the clean up of the problem. Was it done on purpose?

  2. These opioid junkies need to listen to Jeff Sessions. Take aspirin, instead of looking for sympathy and trying to blame everybody else for their problems. I hear Bayer is a pretty good brand😂

  3. I have just been told something from someone in recovery that completely sickens me. I have been told that there are people in recovery that are betting cash dollars that the more money the government pays to decrease the number of opiate overdose deaths the higher the number of opiate overdose deaths there will be. The person in recovery says it is a guaranteed bet because many of the Detox facilities that will receive the money are actually telling clients, "All AA and NA meetings held on the Detox Unit are completely voluntary, even for clients who are court ordered to Detox treatment, because the meetings may have a religious component."

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