The small-town doctor taking on the billionaire family blamed for America’s opioid crisis

Updated Mon at 8:29pmMon 18 Mar 2019, 8:29pm

 

Doctor Art Van Zee was there at the beginning of America’s 20-year-old opioid crisis.

In fact, he may well have been the first to sound the alarm.

In the late 1990s, Dr Van Zee noticed his small town of St Charles in Lee County, rural Virginia, was falling apart.

Healthy young people accompanied by concerned parents and grandparents started reporting addiction to a powerful new prescription painkiller, OxyContin.

St Charles is a community built on coal, and would be the unfortunate canary in the mine warning of hundreds of thousands of deaths in the opioid crisis that would follow

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