An opioid-ravaged West Virginia town awaits trial verdict

The Associated Press Sarah Kelly is shown Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Huntington, W.Va. After struggling with an opioid addiction most of her life, Kelly has been in recovery since October 2019. As a federal judge mulls a decision in a lawsuit filed by the city of Huntington and Cabell County over the role of three pharmaceutical companies in the local opioid crisis, Kelly said there are many recovery programs that could benefit if the plaintiffs prevail. (AP Photo/John Raby)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Sarah Kelly recalls the fleeting moments when she reached out for help during a decadeslong opioid addiction, only to find out no residential treatment beds were available in an overloaded system in her corner of West Virginia.

In the hardest-hit county in the nation's worst-hit state for drug overdose deaths per capita, Kelly’s struggles with prescription pain pills cost her custody of her two children.