Rural America in crisis:   #FarmTownStrong & the opioid epidemic

By Leesa Zalesky


In November 2017, the towns of Huntington, Charleston, Kenova, and Ceredo, West Virginia—the state with the nation’s highest drug death rate—did something highly unusual. In their effort to battle the opioid epidemic, the towns filed a class-action lawsuit against the Joint Commission, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that accredits more than 20,000 health care facilities, organizations, and programs;

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