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Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight…

Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies That… (edição: 2020)

de Eric Eyre (Autor)

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Título:Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic
Autores:Eric Eyre (Autor)
Informação:Scribner (2020), 304 pages
Coleções:Adult, Adult Non-Fiction, Sua biblioteca

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Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic de Eric Eyre


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This book is based on the investigative reporting that Eyre won a Pulitzer for in 2017.

In this book, Eyre traces his and his newspaper's continued battle to get the shipping/delivery data for opioids and related anti-anxiety meds shipped by different distributors into the southern West Virginia coal counties. These counties have low population, but have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic.

He discusses known pharmacy pill mills, doctors, pill clinics, discredited doctors that move over the state line. These are mom and pop pharmacies, not chains. He discusses the numbers of dead, and gives a few examples, largely from one family.

A lot of this book is names and lawyers and court dates. Government officials (the WV attorney general and his distributor lobbyist wife; DEA officials), judges, rulings, FOIA filings. And this goes on for years--meanwhile his paper nearly goes under, he is diagnoses with Parkinson's, and people keep dying. A WV lawsuit wins millions, but the small rural counties aren't seeing it--the money is going to the more urban and populated counties.

The most frustrating thing--and this is not the author's fault--is the end result is the NUMBERS get released. So far, that's it. The information that the distributors and the DEA (there is something up there) fought so hard to keep secret is out. And it is horrifying. And it leads to lawsuits by local jurisdictions all over the country. And it will be more years before there is more to this story. ( )
  Dreesie | May 20, 2021 |
Great book about the opioid crisis and the reporting that goes into covering it. Finishing it up, I was amazed by the work of Eyre and the rest of the people he worked with. I also ended up fucking furious at the distribution companies, DEA, and pharmaceutical companies that let this happen and profited off of it. ( )
  mbeaty91 | Sep 9, 2020 |
Newspaper journalists were my heroes as a girl. My ten-year-old girlfriend and I spent hours planning to turn a falling down chicken coup into an office where we would write and publish our own newspaper. I was on the school newspaper in high school. I follow a number of journalists on social media who are my heroes, and now I have one more to add to my list.

You reminded me of how much a community depends on its newspaper to tell the truth and follow through finding the truth even if it's a little scary.~from Death in Mud Lick by Eric Eyre

Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Eric Eyre won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigation into the massive opioid shipments to West Virginia. That story is presented in the book Death in Mud Lick.

I will admit this was one of those books I requested that looked interesting but when I received it I almost regretted it. I don't need to read another tragedy. We are in a pandemic already!

But I don't shirk my responsibilities and I sat down and read. I was soon immersed in the twisted history of how every safeguard failed to alert and stop the massive inflow of opioids into small towns, resulting in record overdose deaths. I looked forward to picking it up every day.

Everybody was making money--the pharmacies, doctors, patients, distributors, manufacturers. And nobody had the power to stop them.~ from Death in Mud Lick by Eric Eyre

This is one more story about people's lives sacrificed for money and governing authorities complicity in cover-ups. It is also the story of how a small town newspaper and one reporter prevailed to disclose the papertrail detailing responsibility.

Eyre does an amazing job marrying the personal side of the crisis and the struggle of the newspaper to keep afloat with his documentation of events. During the time of his investigation, Eyre was diagnosed with Parkinson's. It didn't stop him.

Today a Facebook friend shared a quip about shutting down the national media and watching 80% of the world's problems go away. Another Facebook friend responded, "It's your right to stay ignorant."

I am with that second friend. The media--particularly newspapers still employing investigative reporters--are essential to a democratic society. We may not like what we are reading, we may find the news disheartening and frightening, but our alternative is ignorance.

I received a free ebook from the publisher on a Goodreads giveaway. My review is fair and unbiased. ( )
  nancyadair | May 12, 2020 |
I'm always appreciative of a good fictional tale. But, it's hard to top a real life narrative....

Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight Against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic by Eric Eyre is one of those real life stories.....

I'd read new reports and watched some investigative reports on the opioid crisis, but wanted to know more. How's this fact to get you started? " The story of Death in Mud Lick starts with 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."

A local resident who lost her brother to drugs is determined to find how and why he died. Eyre works as a reporter for a local paper and joins the crusade. And what he found had my jaw dropping. The sheer audacity and greed of big pharma, the deceit, the doctors on board with this and the stonewalling of each and every avenue Eyre tries to take to find answers and accountability.

The listener is alongside Eyre as he meets obstacles and roadblocks at every turn - and knocks them down or finds another way around. I was fascinated by how he found the evidence. His tenacity is inspiring. (Even more so as he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease during all of this.) But Death in Mud Lick is not just facts and figures. It's also about people - the lives touched, changed and lost from opioids. These are heartbreaking stories that underline the insidiousness of addiction.

I chose to listen to Death in Mud Lick. The reader was Michael David Axtell. Axtell's voice easily suited the mental image I had created for Eyre. His speaking is clear, concise, well enunciated and easy to understand. His voice has movement, capturing the tone and emotion of the book. This is hard to explain - but his voice just says 'investigative reporter.' Dogged and determined.

This is an amazing David and Goliath tale that should never have happened in the first place. Death in Mud Lick was a fantastic listen - absolutely recommended. ( )
  Twink | Apr 14, 2020 |
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