Las 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.