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Drug firms shipped 20.8M pain pills to WV town with 2,900 people

Posted on January 30th, 2018 at 11:13 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Over the past decade, out-of-state drug companies shipped 20.8 million prescription painkillers to two pharmacies four blocks apart in a Southern West Virginia town with 2,900 people, according to a congressional committee investigating the opioid crisis.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee cited the massive shipments of hydrocodone and oxycodone — two powerful painkillers — to the town of Williamson, in Mingo County, amid the panel’s inquiry into the role of drug distributors in the opioid epidemic.

“These numbers are outrageous, and we will get to the bottom of how this destruction was able to be unleashed across West Virginia,” said committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and ranking member Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., in a joint statement.

Walden got $11,500 from Amgen, Inc., and $10,000 from Allergan and Novartis last year (among other health care companies donating).  Pallone is friendly with Phizer. I don’t expect them to get to that bottom any time soon.

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