West Virginia has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the country, and lawmakers and law enforcement are trying to change that.
In an unprecedented legal move, addicts are now able to sue the doctors or pharmacies that provided them with unnecessary medication.
“We are talking in a certain sense drug traffickers, they are doing nothing but writing and cranking out prescription after prescription after prescription,” DEA Agent Gary Newman said. “They’re pushers. They truly are.”
Newman is part of a team currently investigating dozens of doctors, pharmacies, and distributors throughout the state.