A small West Virginian city has been flooded with prescription painkillers during the last decade, a congressional committee has found.
From 2006 to 2016, drug wholesalers Miami-Luken and H.D. Smith despatched 20.eight million tablets to Williamson, a city with a inhabitants of two,900, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reviews.
That is roughly 7,172 per tablets per resident, practically sufficient for each individual to take two painkillers daily inside that span of time.
“These numbers are outrageous, and we are going to unravel how this destruction was in a position to be unleashed throughout West Virginia,” stated Home Power and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and rating member Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., in a joint assertion.
The businesses shipped off 10.2 million hydrocodone tablets and 10.6 million oxycodone tablets to only two pharmacies.
The neighboring city of Kermit did not fare significantly better, because it too was inundated with narcotics.
In 2008 alone, Miami-Luken would ship in sufficient tablets that everybody, kids included, might pop 5,624 of them over 12 months.
West Virginia has the very best quantity of deaths resulting from drug overdose, with over 880 folks dying in 2016.
Mingo County particularly, which encompasses each Williamson and Kermit, has the fourth highest prescription opioid dying fee of any county in America.
As lawmakers demand solutions from Miami-Luken and H.D. Smith as to why they did not flag such suspiciously massive orders, locals are nonetheless attempting to resolve how to answer those that turn into hooked on medication with model names reminiscent of OxyContin and Vicodin.
The Housing Authority of Mingo County had bought the Sycamore Inn in downtown Williamson with a purpose to convert it into Serenity Level, a rehabilitation heart, solely to be met with native opposition.
“Within the occasion of doing nothing, we’re simply going to proceed to worsen,” Belinda Harness, government director of the Mingo Housing Authority, instructed the Williamson Each day Information.
“Within the final 10 years the drug epidemic has in all probability tripled in Mingo County.”
Williamson Mayor Charlie Hatfield personally opposed the venture and has urged an ordinance that will preserve any additional amenities from opening within the city.
He failed to answer a Each day Information request for remark.