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Tug River Valley with the town of Kermit on the right side of river, top of photo.

Presidential Candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren went to Kermit, West Virginia, which is called “ground zero” of the opioid crisis.  But unlike many of her fellow candidates who speak in political rhetoric, Warren actually has a plan of action:  hold big pharma execs accountable.  She’s talking hitting them where it hurts:  taking money out of their greedy hands to fund treatment and prevention as well as jail time for corporate execs who criminally dump thousands of opioids on America’s communities.

Speaking of which, the small town of Kermit, West Virginia, had over 12 million opioid tablets dumped on it.  The town has a population of only 406 people, according to the  2010 census.  So that is roughly 30,000 tablets for every man, woman, and child in Kermit.

Here’s Warren speaking to residents of Kermit (Source:  Daily Kos):

We need to hold those executives personally liable. I’m talking handcuffs and perp walks,…People didn’t get addicted all on their own, they got a lot of corporate help. … They got a lot of help off of corporations that made big money on getting people addicted and keeping them addicted….My view is you’re not the ones who should pay for it, it’s the people who made the profits who should pay for it,…

Read More:

  1. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/5/10/1856778/-Warren-brings-opioids-message-to-West-Virginia
  2. https://www.wvpublic.org/post/opioid-epidemic-kermit-wva#stream/0
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kermit,_West_Virginia
  4. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/5/9/1856330/-Warren-s-opioid-plan-Billions-for-treatment-criminal-prosecution-of-the-corporate-profiteers