76 billion opioids: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic


Washington Post – Newly released data show that drug companies shipped billions of doses of oxycodone and hydrocodone across the United States as the nation’s drug epidemic skyrocketed. The data, which comes from a DEA database, reveals that companies distributed 8.4 billion doses of the opioids in 2006 and 12.6 billion in 2012, for a total of about 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone doses during the 7-year period.

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