Ohio saw 40 pain pills per person distributed between 2006-2012: The Wake Up for Thursday, July 18, 2019 – cleveland.com

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Opioid overflow: As more and more people became addicted to prescription painkillers, drug companies flooded states across the country with oxycodone, hydrocodone and other painkillers, and Ohio was no exception. Cleveland.com’s Eric Heisig reports the state saw an average of about 40 pain pills per person distributed in the state each year from 2006 to 2012.

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