J.D. Vance: Opioid Addiction Is Like ‘A Nuclear Bomb’ Going Off In The Family

J.D. Vance emerged as one of the most important new voices on the American scene last year, as the Ohio-born Yale Law School graduate and Iraq War veteran’s memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, brought to life the social and economic pressures facing low-income and working-class people in Appalachia and the Rust Belt. Among the book’s most stirring themes was opioid addiction, an affliction that, in 2015, claimed more American lives, 52,404, than car crashes and gun homicide combined.