The Opoid Crisis: 7 Years 76 billion pills: Washington Post

The data in the DEA database tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States, including oxycodone, above. (John Moore/Getty Images)

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BY SCOTT HIGHAM, SARI HORWITZ AND STEVEN RICH

America’s largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation’s deadliest drug epidemic spun out of control, according to previously undisclosed company data released as part of the largest civil action in U.S. history.

The information comes from a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States — from manufacturers and distributors to pharmacies in every town and city.

The data provides an unprecedented look at the surge of legal pain pills that fueled the prescription opioid epidemic, which has resulted in nearly 100,000 deaths from 2006 through 2012.

Three companies manufactured 88 percent of the opioids: SpecGx, a subsidiary of Mallinckrodt; ­Actavis Pharma; and Par Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of Endo Pharmaceuticals.

Purdue Pharma, which the plaintiffs allege sparked the epidemic in the 1990s with its introduction of OxyContin, its version of oxycodone, was ranked fourth among manufacturers with about 3 percent of the market.

The volume of the pills handled by the companies skyrocketed as the epidemic surged,

increasing about 51 percent from 8.4 billion in 2006 to 12.6 billion in 2012.

By contrast, doses of morphine, a well-known treatment for severe pain, averaged slightly more than 500 million a year during the period.

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My two cents: If DEA knew about this spike, why did they not react?

10 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for posting this article, as people have become numb to the toll caused by opiates, addiction and trauma since it is basically modus operandi for all now.
    The DEA didn’t react becuase they are part of the machine that MADE this crisis, to profit from the destruction of human life and further satanic political agendas which are full-bore now under the rubric of Covid.
    Trauma must be seen for what it is and transcended. Your work here in this blog helps make that happen. I salute you and every one of us who has been made a victim of the psychopaths that rule this world. Stay strong, have faith, and do not take the genetic reprogramming vaccination. Stay human.

  2. We have a few more challenges

  3. Star joined your site but can not find a place to respond

  4. I am told the last few months people are unable to comment or send messages to me. I know that I can only like/comment to other WordPress blogs if I am accessing the post from the WordPress Reader. If I try through an email link, I can’t like or comment. Only through the WordPress Reader.
    I am going to copy this into a WP support chatbox now. Tell Star my email is eatingtoascend@protonmail.com and to try from within reader while logged into WP. Thank you Marty. God bless you.

  5. Yes, and perhaps we have them to be refined like gold. We persevere and as you wrote about heart intention yesterday, that is EVERYTHING.

  6. Yes

    Sounds like a plan

  7. Thank you

    We journey together

    The world does not realize life is not a competition

  8. Comments are working now, Marty =) It was two settings I do not recall changing.

  9. Thanks

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