In case there was any doubt about the pervasive effects of Oxy abuse in modern culture, reality TV show “Coal” on Spike TV featured a story about a miner addicted to oxycodone last week. During the show, which follows miners with Cobalt Coal in West Virginia, CEO Mike Crowder discovered miner Hank Toler was taking painkillers without a prescription. Like many who are addicted to narcotics, Toler became hooked on the drug after an injury in 2004 and was unable to quit despite his attempts with suboxone, a low-dosage opiate that is often used to treat OxyContin and heroin addiction. Unfortunately for Toler, his inability to address his addiction cost him his job and he was fired by the end of the episode.
“Coal” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Spike TV. To see the full episode, go here.