Appalachian Trail Off

Yes, the opioid crisis has taken a huge toll. But it doesn’t come close to explaining the crisis in rural Appalachia, where people “are being left behind, with an infant-mortality rate and life expectancy that lags the gains made in the rest of the country.”

+ Want a clue about one of the drivers behind the stats? This is what a trip to the doctor looks like for people in Appalachia.

+ The grim silver lining? Lower pension costs for corporations.

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