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National Reporters Take Deep Dive into Region's Opioid Epidemic

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On this West Virginia Morning, reporters with Marketplace spent more than a year in central Appalachia. They were investigating how the opioid epidemic has changed as law enforcement began cracking down on prescription drugs. The series is part of a podcast called “The Uncertain Hour”. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Trey Kay, host of Us and Them, recently spoke with producer Caitlin Esch. They talked about how it’s difficult to fight a drug epidemic through law enforcement alone.

And this week's Mountain Stage Song of the Week was recorded in Athens, Ohio, on the campus of Ohio University. It’s called Pink Rabbits by Americana trio The Lone Bellow.

You can hear the entire set from The Lone Bellow, plus music from Over the Rhine, and others on this week's brand new episode of Mountain Stage. Tune in to West Virginia Public Broadcasting Friday and Saturday at 8 pm.

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West Virginia Morning is produced with help from Caitlin Tan, Jessica Lilly, Kara Lofton, Liz McCormick, Dave Mistich, Brittany Patterson, Eric Douglas, Cory Knollinger and Roxy Todd.

Our news director is Jesse Wright, our producer is Glynis Board and our host is Teresa Wills.