“Hope dealers”: West Virginia women offer help to opioid addicts


Source: CBS News

Our continuing series, A More Perfect Union, aims to show that what unites us as Americans is stronger than what divides us.

President Trump is expected to declare a public health emergency over the opioid epidemic Thursday, but four women in West Virginia have already made it their first priority. They live in the state with the highest overdose rate in the country.

“You can find it at all hours, whether it’s late at night, whether it’s, you know, in the middle of the afternoon,” said Kristie Plotner. She knows all the trouble spots in Martinsburg.

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“The worst part that you’re gonna see is Winchester Avenue. That’s where a lot of activity goes on from the 7-Eleven all the way out to the motels,” Plotner said. 

Martinsburg was once a textile town, but the factories have


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