Drug distributors shipped 20,000,000 pain pills to Williamson; Pop. 3,000

WASHINGTON (BY: JESSIE HELLMANN, THE HILL) – Drug distributors poured 20.8 million pain pills into a West Virginia town of 3,000 people over a 10-year period, according to information released Tuesday as part of a congressional probe into the opioid crisis.

The out-of-state companies shipped the painkillers to two pharmacies four blocks apart in Williamson, W.Va., from 2006 to 2016.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee released the informationas part of its investigation into the role of drug distributors in the opioid epidemic.

The company also sent 4 million pain pills to another pharmacy in Oceana, W.Va., a town of 1,390 people, from 2008 to 2015, the committee said.

The company also sent 7 million pain pills to a pharmacy in Beckley, a town of 16,000, over an 11-year period.

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