Nye County leads Nevada in opioid use, says WaPo


pillsLas Vegans took an average of 56.5 opioids a year from 2006 through 2012 — or slightly more than one a week.  But their neighbors to the west in Nye County took 96.6 opioids a year during that period, the highest rate of any Nevada county, according to data analyzed and mapped by the Washington Post.  Mineral County had the highest rate of death from opioids.

The Post‘s dive into how drug manufacturers flooded the nation with opioids includes some informative interactive maps that drill down into the Nevada problem.

• From 2006 to 2012 there were 1,002,207,355 prescription pain pills supplied to Nevada.

273,800,350 of the pills were distributed by Walgreen Company and 483,661,290 were manufactured by Actavis Pharma, Inc.

Lam’s Pharmacy, at 2202 W. Charleston in Las Vegas, received the highest number of pills. The business is no longer open. 

Actavis Pharma, Inc. made 483,661,290 of the pills distributed in Nevada, the most of any manufacturer.

In June, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford’s office expanded the state’s opioid lawsuit to retailers, including Walgreens, and also to Actavis as well as other manufacturers and distributors.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, a grandson, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.


  1. Not a big surprise. Seems most of the people living in Nye County (Rural Nevada) are druggies due to lack of competent law enforcement.

    I am wondering where Mineral County comes in on the list since they allow “Labs” to exist everywhere.
    Even when it is blatantly obvious a LAB is active, the so-called Law Enforcement looks the other way. Probably because the “Cops/Deputies” are “party” to the operation which lines their pockets if they look the other way.

    Maybe instead of the DEA checking them out, the IRS should do some audits. It sure is funny how low-level county employees seem to have lots of money for all the “Toys”.


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