JM Rieger @RiegerReport Video Editor, The Washington Post • [email protected] Jul. 17, 2019 1 min read

WaPo EXCLUSIVE: The largest U.S. drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006-2012, according to previously undisclosed company data released as part of the largest civil action in U.S. history. 

6 companies distributed 75 percent of the pills during this period:

- McKesson Corp
- Walgreens
- Cardinal Health
- AmerisourceBergen
- Walmart

3 companies manufactured 88 percent of the opioids:

- SpecGx
- Actavis Pharma
- Par Pharmaceutical 

“The companies allowed the drugs to reach the streets of communities large and small, despite persistent red flags that those pills were being sold in apparent violation of federal law and diverted to the black market, according to the lawsuits.” 

The companies distributed enough pills to supply every U.S. adult and child with 36 pills each year.

Norton City, Va. had 306 pills per person.

Martinsville City, Va. had 242 pills/person.

Mingo County, W. Va. had 203 pills/person. 

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