The Washington Post Created a Database About the Opioid Epidemic. It's Had Nearly 40,000 Downloads.
In 2016, Eric Eyre at the
revealed the breathtaking size and scope of the painkiller industry that was ravaging parts of West Virginia. 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills over six years. 433 pain pills for every person in the state. 1,728 overdose deaths. In West Virginia alone. Eyre had been denied access to the data, which drug companies argued was "proprietary," until a county circuit court judge unsealed documents that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had sent to the state's attorney general.
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