McDowell County, West Virginia was once a bustling community and known as “the billion-dollar coal field.” But as the coal mining jobs disappeared and people moved away, opioids began to take hold. Now, McDowell County is facing one of the highest rates of opioid deaths in the nation. Correspondent Jessica Gomez traveled to West Virginia to take a look.  

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