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A Charleston law firm is hoping to give a voice to the youngest victims of the opioid epidemic affecting all of Appalachia by filing lawsuits against major opioid manufacturers and producers.

Charleston attorney Booth Goodwin, of Goodwin & Goodwin LLP, said his law firm is evaluating nearly 200 cases of children – most of whom are based in Southern West Virginia – who experienced drug withdrawal symptoms after birth, some of whom have been diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).