A profuse amount of painkillers were distributed to a handful of West Virginians.
20.8 MILLION PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS SENT TO WEST VIRGINIA TOWN WITH POPULATION OF 2,900
Two Pharmacy Prescription Painkillers Wholesalers distributed a total of 27.6 million pills to 5,100 people in 11 years.
Let’s break it down. From 2006 to 2016, Miami & Luken Wholesalers delivered 20.8 million prescription painkillers, mostly hydrocodone and Oxycodone, to Williamson, West Virginia with a population of 2,900 people. And Williamson is not the only small town Miami & Luken shipped to. They also sent Kermit, West Virginia, population 900, 5.7 million pain pills in the same time period.
H.D. Smith Wholesalers is another company that was generous with their painkillers. They another small town in West Virginia received 1.1 million pain pills from 2005 to 2011, population, 1,800 people.
$20.8 million pain pills divided among 2,900 people means they had to have taken 6,896 pills each from 2006 to 2016. Ten years. Almost 7,000 pills. And we all know, not everyone in that town took pain pills.
According to the CDC, there have been extreme increases in the number of overdoses in West Virginia. Now how could that have happened?
Greg Walden, Republican, Oregon and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman, as well as Frank Pallone, Jr., Democrat from New Jersey, are both involved in the ongoing investigation as to how this could have happened.
Miami & Luken has been fined $2.5 million, and H.D. Smith has been fined $3.5 million. I don’t imagine that’s a big deal to either one considering the near billions they made from those sales anyway!
Who is supposed to be “watching” the sales and distributorship of pain medication in the United States? Do none of the companies have to fill out a report and send it to someone somewhere who keeps a tally of how many have gone out? Are there no checks and balances in the pharmaceutical companies? Who do they report to? The CDC? The Commerce Department?
And we wonder why we had the worst opioid epidemic since the turn of the last century when the famous opioid dens in Chinatown In San Francisco were shut down.
We watch the news, and we hear all about the wars, the division of our country, diseases, cancer, poor government decisions, etc. We hear about all of these things. And we hear “talk” about how the opioid problem needs to be solved.
But who’s doing what and who’s on first?
Gotta hand it to those two pharmaceutical companies. They had a pretty good run there, didn’t they? And the fines are a drop in the bucket. And still, all that is said about it is that there is an on-going investigation? The companies weren’t shut down. What is the state of West Virginia doing to help their people, if indeed, they were all
used in that state.
And what about police investigations? FBI investigations? Why did it take 11 years for someone to notice that 2,900 people supposedly took 6,896 pain “killers?” Really?