<p>In a year of big stories, the opioid crisis has become one of the biggest, though it’s been a problem since the early 2000s. Around then, people in Kentucky, West Virginia, and southeast Ohio started referring to Percocet, OxyContin, and Vicodin as “hillbilly heroin.” The pills were easy to get and easy to abuse. Between those, and heroin and synthetics like fentanyl — which many have since moved on to — West Virginia in 2015 had the highest overdose mortality rate in the nation, with 41.5 deaths per 100,000.</p>

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