Drug makers shipped 20 million pain pills to one tiny town

Pharmaceutical companies shipped 20.8 million prescription painkillers to two pharmacies in Williamson, West Virginia over the course of 10 years, even though the town has fewer than 3,000 residents.

That’s according to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is investigating the role of drug companies in precipitating the opioid crisis.

“These numbers are outrageous, and we will get to the bottom of how this destruction was able to be unleashed across West Virginia,” said a statement issued by committee chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and ranking member Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J.

Source: The Charleston Gazette-Mail. Click here for more information.