DEA releases database tracking pain pills sold in the US

July 23, 2019 07:16 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The opioid crisis is affecting so many families in the Rochester area. We're now getting a closer look at just how bad the opioid problem is.

Journalists with the Washington Post and a newspaper in West Virginia won a lawsuit forcing the Drug Enforcement Administration to release data that the public seeing for the first time—and the numbers are staggering. 


The DEA uses the database to track the path of every single pain pill sold in the U.S.

More than 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pills were distributed across the country from 2006 to 2012.

During the seven-year time frame, nearly 169 million prescription pain pills made their way through Monroe County. That's enough for 32 pills per person each year.

Wegmans pharmacies received the most shipments. Most passed through pharmacies managed by the Eckerd Corporation.

Orleans County didn't receive the most painkillers but its rate is the highest in the region at more than 36 pills per person each year.

In total, 3.3 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pills were shipped across New York state from 2006 to 2012.


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