Eric Eyre, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and author of 'Death in Mud Lick' joins the pod to discuss how his reporting cracked open the public-health crisis that rocked not only West Virginia but the country as a whole. We also talk about the state of local journalism, where we go from here and much more.
Did you know that a town of 382 people had over 12 million opioid pain pills distributed in a three year period? From a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, from the smallest newspaper ever to win the prize in the investigative reporting category, an urgent, riveting, and heartbreaking investigation into the corporate greed that pumped millions of pain pills into small Appalachian towns, decimating communities. Eric Eyre has been a reporter for the Charleston Gazette-Mail since 1998. In 2017, his investigation into massive shipments of opioids to West Virginia’s southern coalfields was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. https://www.ericeyrebook.com
West Virginia is known for its natural beauty, natural resources, and also, struggles. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Eric Eyre uncovered the story of companies flooding small towns in his state with prescription pain pills. He's concerned about those struggling with addiction amid COVID-19, what the government is doing, and how people might embrace a new way to rebuild the economy in a state known for its natural beauty.
Episode 5 – Eric Eyre has been a reporter at the Charleston Gazette-Mail since 1998. In 2017, his investigation into massive shipments of opioids to West Virginia’s southern coalfields was awarded a Pulitzer prize. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia, with his wife and son.DEATH IN MUD LICK can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Eric’s 2 recommended reads are:1. THE RELIVE BOX AND OTHER STORIES by T.C. Boyle2. BEST SPORTS STORIES (published annually for many years, no longer in print) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep. 65 – The Growth of Addiction in Rural West Virginia: Eric Eyre, Charleston Gazette-Mail
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In this episode of the Cover2 Resources podcast, Greg interviews Eric Eyre, a Journalist at Charleston Gazette-Mail. Eric reports on healthcare issues, including the current opioid epidemic sweeping across the nation and, more specifically, in West Virginia. Eric’s team analyzed opioid shipments in WV between 2007 and 2012. Through this deep research, they learned that wholesalers shipped enough opioids to supply every man, woman and child with 433 pills during that time period.Eric’s team also found that a disproportionate number of pain pills went to the poorest and most rural counties in West Virginia. In the podcast, he shares why the number was so disproportionate compared to less rural counties.Listen to the podcast for Eric’s highly-researched perspective on the opioid epidemic.