Martinsville listed as one of two cities leading nation in prescription opioids

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FILE – This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. Newly released federal data shows how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation’s addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — According to a Washington Post analysis, Martinsville is listed as one of two cities in Virginia leading the nation in total number of prescription opioids.

The analysis used data from the DEA’s opioid database, Norton averaged a total of 306 pills per person while Martinsville averaged 242 pills person.

The data collected looks at the nation’s pills per capita between 2006 and 2012.

According to Attorney General Mark Herring’s office, drug companies pushed around 76 billion pills into communities nationwide and 100,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose.

The data falls in line with Herring’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, which claims Purdue sent 150 million opioid pills and patches into the field between 2008 to 2017.

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