Used needles rest in a bin at Virginia's first-ever syringe exchange program at the Virginia Department of Health in Wise County Friday, December 7, 2018. Wise County is a sort of "ground zero" for the country's opioid crisis, and our podcast "The Uncertain Hour" has been reporting from there. 
Used needles rest in a bin at Virginia's first-ever syringe exchange program at the Virginia Department of Health in Wise County Friday, December 7, 2018. Wise County is a sort of "ground zero" for the country's opioid crisis, and our podcast "The Uncertain Hour" has been reporting from there.  - 
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Opioid overdoses are killing about 50,000 Americans a year, more than car accidents and guns. Marketplace's documentary podcast, The Uncertain Hour, is digging into drug epidemics in its latest season: why people buy and sell drugs, how law enforcement tries to stop them and how an epidemic eventually ends. Reporter and producer Caitlin Esch spoke with Kai and Molly about going back to Wise County, Virginia, a sort of ground zero of the current opioid epidemic, and about how the stories told by some of her sources speak to wider issues in the crisis. Just a note: there is one swear word in this episode, around 8 minutes in.

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