Art Van Zee on the opioid epidemic in southwestern Virginia

Art Van Zee was among the first physicians in the U.S. to warn people about the dangers of OxyContin and take a multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company head on for its marketing blunders. He describes his witness of the problem rapidly develop into a nationwide opioid epidemic by the late 1990s from his work at a community clinic in St. Charles, Va., a historic coal mining town in Appalachia. Van Zee’s subsequent research into and scholarship on the matter has positioned him as a key figurehead in the effort to address addiction.

Recorded March 17th, 2013.


Full footage of Art Van Zee’s interview.