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What can West Virginia Learn from Florida’s Opioid Epidemic?

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, nationwide, West Virginia is known for its struggles with opioid abuse and growing rates of overdose deaths. In fact, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2015, West Virginia had the highest overdose rate in the country per capita, or in proportion with the population.

However, Florida is the state with one of the highest number of overdoses overall. Ashton Marra speaks with Gina Jordan, from NPR member station WLRN in Miami, about the governor's decision and what it means for the rest of the country.

Also on today’s show, people who live in and around Clairton, Pennsylvania, about 15 miles south of Pittsburgh, are suing US Steel. The class action lawsuit claims air pollution from the company’s Clairton Coke Works has lowered property values. The Allegheny Front’s Julie Grant spent some time in Clairton to understand how attitudes toward the coke plant are changing.

The Allegheny Front is produced in Pittsburgh and reports on the environment.  More at alleghenyfront.org.