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Posted 20 December 2016 - 04:00 PM

Drug firms poured 780 million painkillers into WV amid rise of overdoses

 

In six years, drug wholesalers showered the state with 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills, while 1,728 West Virginians fatally overdosed on those two painkillers

 

The unfettered shipments amount to 433 pain pills for every man, woman and child in West Virginia.

 

“These numbers will shake even the most cynical observer,” said former Delegate Don Perdue, D-Wayne, a retired pharmacist who finished his term earlier this month. “Distributors have fed their greed on human frailties and to criminal effect. There is no excuse and should be no forgiveness.”

 

“It starts with the doctor writing, the pharmacist filling and the wholesaler distributing. They're all three in bed together,” said Sam Suppa, a retired Charleston pharmacist who spent 60 years working at retail pharmacies in West Virginia. “The distributors knew what was going on. They just didn't care.”

 

As the fatalities mounted — hydrocodone and oxycodone overdose deaths increased 67 percent in West Virginia between 2007 and 2012 — the drug shippers' CEOs collected salaries and bonuses in the tens of millions of dollars. Their companies made billions. McKesson has grown into the fifth-largest corporation in America. The drug distributor's CEO was the nation's highest-paid executive in 2012, according to Forbes.

 

http://www.wvgazette...se-of-overdoses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 28 December 2016 - 09:28 AM

Heroin now kills more people than guns: Drugs overdoses claimed 50,000 lives in the US last year 
  • The number of heroin deaths rose 23% to 12,989, more than gun homicides
  • Fentanyl - a synthetic opiate - claimed 16,000 lives, equivalent to 44 per day
  • Heroin claimed the life of Hollywood actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2014 
  • But the majority of those killed are ordinary people in smalltown America

 

http://www.dailymail...-deaths-US.html


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