Top 10 Stories of 2019: Number 1 – Report: Millions of legal pain pills sold

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The opioid epidemic has been widespread across the nation over the past decade or so, and the Twin Counties have not been immune.

A database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration was released, tracking the path of every pain pill sold in the United States, including specific states and counties. Between 2006 and 2012, there were 380 million transactions involving oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, accounting for three-quarters of the total opioid pills distributed to pharmacies.

The Washington Post analyzed the data by county and made the information public this week. The time period covered by the report is the most recent data available.

During the time period analyzed, from 2006 to 2012, there were more than 76 billion individual oxycodone and hydrocodone pills distributed across the country.

“These records provide an unprecedented look at the surge of legal pain pills that fueled the prescription opioid epidemic, which resulted in nearly 100,000 deaths during the seven-year time frame ending in 2012,” according to The Washington Post.

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