“Portsmouth, Ohio, once known for making things (steel, shoes, bricks), is now known for drugs, and labeled by some as the “pill mill of America”. The city peaked at 40,000 people in 1940, and as it emptied of factories and jobs – some made obsolete, some moved away – it also emptied of people and hope. Now it is a town half the size, filled with despair and filling with drugs.” The Guardian’s Chris Arnade spends a few days in ‘The pill mill of America’: where drugs mean there are no good choices, only less awful ones. (That equation works in reverse as well: A place where there are no good choices often means people turn to drugs.)