15% of Pharmacies Bought Nearly Half of Opioids

The family-run pharmacy Shearer Drug of Albany, Ky., purchased nearly 6.8 million pills that contained hydrocodone and oxycodone from 2006 through 2012, enough to give 96 pills each year to every person in its county of roughly 10,000 residents, the Washington Post reports.

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The Deadly Link Between Incarceration and Opioids

The formidable obstacles faced by individuals released from prison or jail, combined with family disruption and unemployment, contribute to the spread of the opioid epidemic, according to a study published in The Lancet Public Health journal.