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Jul 18 - DEA tracked every opioid pill sold in the US. The data is out—and it’s horrific
 

 
Between 2006 and 2012, opioid drug makers and distributors flooded the country with 76 billion pills of oxycodone and hydrocodone—highly addictive opioid pain medications that sparked the epidemic of abuse and overdoses that k*lled nearly 100,000 people in that time period.

As the epidemic surged over the seven-year period, so did the supply. The companies increased distribution from 8.4 billion in 2006 to 12.6 billion in 2012, a jump of roughly 50%. In all, the deluge of pills was enough to supply every adult and child in the country with around 36 opioid pills per year. Just a 10-day supply can hook 1 in 5 people into being long-term users, researchers have determined.

The stunning supply figures were first reported by the Washington Post and come from part of a database compiled by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracked the fate of every opioid pill sold in America, from manufacturers to individual pharmacies. A federal court in Ohio released the data this week as part of a massive consolidated court case against nearly two-dozen opioid makers and distributors, brought by nearly 2,000 cities, towns, and counties. The local governments allege that the opioid companies conspired to saturate the country with the potent painkillers to soak up billions in profits. The companies deny the allegations, arguing generally that they were serving the needs of patients.

According to an analysis of the data by the Post, just three companies made 88% of the opioid pills: SpecGx, Actavis Pharma, and Par Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of Endo Pharmaceuticals. Purdue Pharma ranked fourth, making 3% of the pills. Just six companies distributed 75% of the pills: McKesson Corp., Walgreens, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, CVS, and Walmart.

The Post also noted that the distribution was concentrated in certain places, finding that West Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Nevada had the top pill-per-person-per-year rates of all states, ranging from 66.5 to 54.7. West Virginia, which had the highest distribution rate, also had the highest opioid death rate during this period.

But certain rural areas were also hard hit, with Norton, Virginia, receiving 306 pills per person per year and Mingo County, West Virginia, receiving 203.

While the local governments suing the companies have had access to this data during the litigation, it was only released to the public after the Washington Post and HD Media, publisher of the Charleston Gazette-Mail of West Virginia, sued and waged a year-long legal battle. The drug companies had fought to keep the data hidden from the public, arguing that it revealed “transactional data” that could be used by competitors. The Department of Justice also argued against the release, saying it could compromise investigations.

A three-judge panel sided with the media organizations last month. This past Monday, US District Judge Dan Polster removed a protective order allowing the release of part of the DEA’s database, called Automation of Reports and Consolidated Order System, or ARCOS. Data from years beyond 2012 are still being withheld to protect the companies and DOJ investigations.

From 1999 to 2007, nearly 400,000 people in the US died from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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 3 months ago '07        #2
Goosie McNeen  14 heat pts14
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Flood the market before weed is legal.
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 3 months ago '04        #3
eddiefizzle  133 heat pts133
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 Goosie McNeen said
Flood the market before weed is legal.
Most Big pharma has made moves regarding this and outsourcing other cross over industries for about 40 years.
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 3 months ago '16        #4
mlbnba2016  242 heat pts242
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 3 months ago '18        #5
BrooklynDamien  5 heat pts5
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Had me worried for a second
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 3 months ago '14        #6
titans7  3 heat pts3
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76 billion pills you instantly think one dollar a pill means 76 billion dollars but they charge more than that for most of these pills so that is a crazy amount of the legal money not including people who bought it and then sold it for even more money illegally. One pill could have eventually generated $20-$50 before it was used by the drug addict or the actual sick person who needed it but couldn't afford it or wasn't prescribed it.
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 3 months ago '12        #7
Di Warlord  9 heat pts9
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 3 months ago '07        #8
dabettamc 
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If they were 80mg the math would be astronomical
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 3 months ago '15        #9
Black Larry  4 heat pts4
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So according to Pusha T raps he probably works for one of the big 3 companies.

20 years of selling concentrate.



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 3 months ago '17        #10
Cronion2415 
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 3 months ago '15        #11
JayJedi  9 heat pts9
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The percentage of young adults between the age of 18-25 prescribed an opioid in the ER for a non-emergency dental reason was like 60%

The percentage of opioid prescriptions for low back pain for the same age group is somewhere like 40%

The fact that ppl support a system that allows your government to profit from this sort of sh*t is fu*king insanely ridiculous
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 3 months ago '19        #12
Dickhead  3 heat pts3
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 BrooklynDamien said
Had me worried for a second
You think youre clever but youre just a racist.

Easier than admitting your community has problems though I guess
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 3 months ago '18        #13
prettygirlmafia  90 heat pts90
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Dope money...That's why we went to war with the taliban and why we're still in Afghanistan. Taliban are anti heroine and the u.s....big pharma. ..cia..pentagon etc are pro. Afghanistan dope is dam near a trillion dollar market. Hundreds of billions of dollars a year. That's a lot of money for black op missions etc. Shiiit I wish I was in on it. Nice lil lick they got going.
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 3 months ago '13        #14
mikejuheard  44 heat pts44
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Bullsh*t
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 3 months ago '05        #15
beast14  8 heat pts8
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now they don't even prescribe you regular medicine due to the misuse of all these drugs.... you go to the ED and they tell you to wait it out.
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 3 months ago '07        #16
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 titans7 said
76 billion pills you instantly think one dollar a pill means 76 billion dollars but they charge more than that for most of these pills so that is a crazy amount of the legal money not including people who bought it and then sold it for even more money illegally. One pill could have eventually generated $20-$50 before it was used by the drug addict or the actual sick person who needed it but couldn't afford it or wasn't prescribed it.
when Dream Market was poppin, the cheapest you could get oxys was $20 and those were the low dose pills, so yeah, those pills probably generated over a trillion dollars
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 3 months ago '07        #17
yolaboy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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when W invaded Afghanistan, many internet voices were saying this was a power grab for the poppy fields, pictures surfaced of US soldiers guarding poppy fields, 15 years later we have an opioid epidemic and no one has died from cannabis
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 3 months ago '04        #18
qutaboi225  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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Yet 65% of the prison population is minority. fu*k this racist mfker
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 3 months ago '05        #19
Profitcy  8 heat pts8
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76 billion pills...in 6 years...legally...and the government has this info...who all profited from this?...big pharma...insurance companies...the doctors prescribing this...where does all that money go? Who else got they hand out....shyt wild
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 3 months ago '04        #20
vagangster  1 heat pts1
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 prettygirlmafia said
Dope money...That's why we went to war with the taliban and why we're still in Afghanistan. Taliban are anti heroine and the u.s....big pharma. ..cia..pentagon etc are pro. Afghanistan dope is dam near a trillion dollar market. Hundreds of billions of dollars a year. That's a lot of money for black op missions etc. Shiiit I wish I was in on it. Nice lil lick they got going.
The Taliban is not anti heroin
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 3 months ago '05        #21
WCIB  128 heat pts128
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Dope.

Multi entendre don’t ask me how.
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 3 months ago '18        #22
SFamilyRep  22 heat pts22
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 JayJedi said
The percentage of young adults between the age of 18-25 prescribed an opioid in the ER for a non-emergency dental reason was like 60%

The percentage of opioid prescriptions for low back pain for the same age group is somewhere like 40%

The fact that ppl support a system that allows your government to profit from this sort of sh*t is fu*king insanely ridiculous
Exactly why we need Medicare for all. These people are literally just k*lling n*ggas

Bernie Sanders2020

 3 months ago '16        #23
foshoVoodoo  291 heat pts291
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legalize all drugs
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 3 months ago '18        #24
prettygirlmafia  90 heat pts90
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 vagangster said
The Taliban is not anti heroin
Yes they are traditionally. Sure there are factions that have no problem getting in on some of that money but they've largely been against it for so long.

Pre 9/11..In the year 99/2000 when the taliban took over in Afghanistan they burnt the entire industry to the ground. Trillion dollar industry up in smoke within a year. That's why bush invited them down to Texas to talk it out. Taliban representatives went to texas but that talk it out sh*t didn't work so they went in under the guise of Osama is down there.

In one year cause of the taliban Afghanistan went from producing 90 plus percent of the Worlds heroine to less than 5. That sh*t all but guaranteed an invasion to bring freedom and democracy.

In the dam near two decades that America and the Allied world powers who all swear to be against drugs and f*ghting the war on drugs.... Afghanistan went back up to producing 95 percent of the Worlds heroine. And they reached that level a year after the 9/11 invasion.

Think about that for a second...

In the middle of a fu*kin all out war Afghanistan was producing 95 percent of the Worlds heroine. This was only a year after the taliban virtually destroyed the industry.

That should show the real reason tptb are in Afghanistan. It's to protect that trillion dollar industry from the factions of the taliban that would burn all them poppy fields to the ground again if they wasn't there to protect them.


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 3 months ago '06        #25
Kingme  23 heat pts23
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White owned corporations pumping that poison to the hillbillies and they at Trump rallies talking that "go back to where you came from" Trump supporters out here trying to act like Black & Brown folks the ones that got them strung out, getting Black lung from coal mines, taking away their food stamps, repealing their healthcare and replacing it with a middle finger, locking them up in record numbers, sending their jobs overseas, sending them to pointless wars to die, forcing them out of middle class and into lower class citizens, fu*king them on student and paycheck loans, etc.... Jesus! I wonder if these opioid junkies are tired of winning yet
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