Opioid numbers: Federal database shows the reach of prescription abuses locally
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Throughout the opioid crisis, there has been no shortage of eye-popping revelations, from seeing the reach of the problem to the raw numbers to the costs to the forceful grip the addiction asserts on its victims.
Another attention-getting report came last week, when The Washington Post published a database of prescription opioid pill sales across the nation. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration numbers, covering 2006 to 2012, were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act case. The numbers for Cheshire County showed nearly 15 million pills were shipped to pharmacies here in that span — more than 2 million per year.