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Death in Mud Lick Summary ç 0 ✓ From a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter from the smallest newspaper ever to win the prize for investigative reporting an urgent riveting and heartbreaking investigation into the corporate and governmental greed that pumped millions of pain pills into small Appalachian towns decimating communities Death in Mud Lick isEver to win a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting broke the storyEyre follows the opioid shipments into individual counties pharmacies and homes in West Virginia and explains how they hooked thousands on prescription drugs resulting in the highest overdose rates in the country But despite the tragedy there is also hope as citizens banded together to create positive change and won A work of deep reporting and personal conviction Eric Eyre’s intimate portrayal of a national public health crisis illuminates the shocking pattern of corporate greed and its repercussions for the citizens of West Virginia and the nation to this da. Small town intrigue and a national tragedy A revealing account of how blame can be avoided for a long time if several things contribute to a problem A story of local journalism at its absolute highest peak I was amazed at the kind of digging begging and suing that had to happen to bring the whole prescription drug epidemic to light Redemption for a former drug dealer And most of all I understood better what such pain killer addiction can be like for a community regular people injuries from blue collar jobs easy access to prescriptions “For the first time we could calculate the six year total for the entire state There were two ways to do it Simply add up all the pills the pharmacies bought Or add up each distributor’s deliveries to every county Both methods produced the same number—780 million That was just hydrocodone and oxycodone—in a state with fewer than 18 million people”

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From a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter from the smallest newspaper ever to win the prize for investigative reporting an urgent riveting and heartbreaking investigation into the corporate and governmental greed that pumped millions of pain pills into small Appalachian towns decimating communities Death in Mud Lick is the story of a pharmacy in Kermit West Virginia that distributed 12 million opioid pain pills in three years to a town with a population of 382 people and of one woman desperate for justice after losing her brother to overdose Debbie Preece’s fight for accountability for her brother’s death took her well beyond the. 45 rounded up read in Mayfull post here after being diagnosed with and beginning treatment for Parkinson's in the midst of it all the author of Death in Mud Lick Eric Eyre stuck to his guiding principle of sustained outrage as he continued to investigate and to report on the flooding of opioids into West Virginia ultimately winning a Pulitzer in 2017 for his hard work The word dogged doesn't even begin to describe his determination to get to the truth At the same time this is not just another book on the opioid epidemic here we are provided with an intense scrutiny of what goes on behind the scenes of a number agencies which are supposed to be regulating the flow of these powerful drugs to safeguard the population What happens here is real it is not at all pretty and if you had to choose only one book on the topic this would be the one This work of investigative journalism puts an eagle eyed focus on Eyre's efforts to gain information from not only the huge and powerful drug distribution firms but also from various government officials and government agencies and reveals how an elected official in West Virginia set out to derail Eyre's investigation most likely in retaliation Just reading this book frustrated me to no end not because it is bad because it is most certainly not but because as Eyre writes in the prefaceAs the addiction crisis spread across the country some health advocates sounded the alarm but industry lobbyists snuffed out policymakers' efforts to stop the scourge They found politicians willing to do their bidding The regulators the DEA the pharmacy board failed to do their jobs Pablo Escobar and El Chapo couldn't have set things up any better I am a natural cynic and even I was shocked at what goes on behind the scenes to protect not the citizens of this nation but rather the ultra lucrative pharmaceuticals industry I am a huge believer in the power of investigative journalism done the right way and I have to say that Death in Mud Lick is one of the best books I've read on this subject After what he went through during the course of his investigations Mr Eyre deserves all accolades this book may receivevery highly recommended

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Death in Mud LickSav Rite Pharmacy in coal country ultimately leading to three of the biggest drug wholesalers in the country She was joined by a crusading lawyer and by local journalist Eric Eyre who uncovered a massive opioid pill dumping scandal that shook the foundation of America’s largest drug companies and won him a Pulitzer PrizePart Erin Brockovich part Spotlight Death in Mud Lick details the clandestine meetings with whistleblowers; a court fight to unseal filings that the drug distributors tried to keep hidden a push to secure the DEA pill shipment data and the fallout after Eyre’s local paper the Gazette Mail the smallest newspaper. 35 stars Overall the book infuriates me because it very clearly shows the greed corruption dishonesty and total lack of concern for other people that exists today At times it was tedious to read because there are a lot of people to keep track of the timeline was hard to follow at times and it's primarily about investigative journalism and legal battles But the investigative journalism was amazing and it was interesting to learn how this reporter exposed the opioid problem and was relentless in his efforts