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Drug Companies Sent 21 Million Painkiller Pills to Town with Fewer Than 3,000 People

Many people know that America is currently facing a major opioid crisis, but they may not know the full extent of the problem. But when you find out a small town in West Virginia gets sent millions of painkiller pills every year, it certainly would change anybody's mind.

A congressional committee investigating the country's opioid crisis discovered that a town called Williamson has received 20.8 million painkiller pills over the last 10 years. The worst part is that Williamson has only 2,900 people living in it. If you do the math, that would mean the town is getting over two million pills per year, which would be enough for over 700 pills for each person living in the town, enough for nearly pills a day. And considering not everyone in the town is using the pills, you can imagine how many pills are actually being bought by people who use the drugs.

The congressional committee sent a letter to two drug companies responsible for the pill shipments asking why they sent so many pills and why they didn't flag it as suspicious, particularly noting the surge in overdose deaths in West Virginia over that time.

West Virginia is one of the states where the opioid epidemic is at its worst, and has the highest overdose rate in the country. Over 880 West Virginians died from an overdose in 2016.

One of the drug companies mentioned by the committee has actually been in trouble for their business in West Virginia before. Miami-Luken paid $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit with the state after it was accused of dumping pills and causing a public health crisis.

Wouldn't it be nice if Jeff Sessions did something about this instead of trying to crackdown on the marijuana industry?

(h/t Charleston Gazette-Mail)


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