July 18, 2011 - 19:22
July 5, 2011
PENNINGTON GAP, Va. - A small, rural area of southwestern Virginia was a launching pad in the 1990s for a then-newly-approved pain-relief drug, Oxycontin. According to locals, drug addiction and crime became rampant as a result.
The town of Pennington Gap was populated mostly by coal miners and loggers, the kinds of occupations prone to accidents and physical strain. It's also an area with a high rate of Medicaid recipients, which meant the drug would be accessible, despite lower incomes.