WMBF Investigates: Federal data shows opioid distribution on the decline, but S.C. still ranks high

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The distribution of opioids decreased by around 15% nationwide in the first half of 2019, according to WMBF’s analysis of data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The federal database, ARCOS, tracks and monitors drugs from manufacturer to distributor to seller.

WMBF Investigates decided to analyze the data for the most prescribed opioids, including, fentanyl, codeine, morphine, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and oxycodone.

Data reveals around 14% fewer grams of the drugs were distributed in South Carolina from January 2019 to June 2019 than at the same time frame the year before.

The DEA uses this data to help strengthen criminal cases in court but the information on the path of these drugs can also help experts gain better insight on the severity of the opioid epidemic.

According to the U.S. Accountability Office, 48,000 people died from an opioid overdose in 2017. South Carolina ranked 20th for most opioid-involved overdose deaths per people in 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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