As the opioid epidemic in the United States grows, local communities are left to deal with the effects.
From 2006 – 2012, drug company distributors sent increasingly stronger opioids into U.S. pharmacies, hospitals and doctors’ offices. Although the raw pill counts of hydrocodone and oxycodone — the two most frequently abused prescription opioids — peaked in 2011, an Associated Press analysis found that overall, drug companies continued to pump significantly higher dosages of pain medications into the health care system each year.
The AP also found that the opioids distributed in the U.S. during those seven years were enough to provide every man, woman and child the high threshold daily dose of the drugs for 17 days each year — and had risen to nearly 20 days in 2012. In some counties, prescriptions were so out of control that numbers were six times that.
Use our search below to find county and state information for 2012 on the type and number of pills prescribed. click on the “Details” link to learn more about the strength and suppliers of these drugs.
Data provided by the Associated Press and Washington Post.