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1.8 billion prescription pain pills supplied to WA state from 2006-2012; 3.5 million to San Juan County

Enough opioid pills - 3,453,710 - were dispensed in the San Juan Islands from 2006 to 2012 to supply each resident with 31 pills per year. While that sounds like a lot, 29 of the 39 counties in the state had higher numbers per capita.  Clallum County was first with 76 and Klickitat was last with 18. 

The Washington Post won a year-long court battle to get the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to release its database that shows the distribution of every opioid pill in the nation from 2006 to 2012. The Washington Post looked through almost 380 million records of transactions and posted statistics by state and by county

There were 1,858,634,809 prescription pain pills supplied to Washington State from 2006-2012.

By County (most to least) per resident from 2006-2012:

76 pills - Clallum

73 pills - Pend Orielle

70 pills - Asotin

68 pills - Pacific

65 pills - Cowlitz

62 pills - Lewis

61 pills - Garfield

60 pillsStevens

53 pills - Grays

53 pills - Spokane

52 pills - Okanagan

49  pills - Skagit

45 pills - Lincoln

45 pills - Snohomish

44 pills - Walla Walla

42 pills - Benton

42 pills - Chelan

42 pills - Grant

41 pills - Clark 

41 pills - Columbia

40 pills - Mason

39 pills - Ferry

38 pills - Pierce

37 pills - Thurston

35 pills - Wahkiakum

35 pills - Kitsap

34 pills - King 

34 pills - Whatcom

34 pills - Yakima

31 pills - San Juan 

30 pillsDouglas

30 pills - Kittitas

30 pills - Skamania

28 pills - Adams

28 pills - Jefferson

27 pills - Franklin

26 pills - Island

26 pills - Whitman

18 pills - Klickitat

In San Juan County the top 5 dispensers were:  (Remember that the pharmacies are filling prescriptions written by physicians.)

1,753,880 pills - A & H Stores (Friday Harbor Drug Store)  

1,276,970 pills - Ray's Pharmacy in Eastsound on Orcas Island  

377,400 pillsLopez Island Pharmacy  

38,300 pills - Eastsound Pharmacy Inc.  

3,160 pillsTurnage DDS, Robert Mason in Friday Harbor 

The top 5 manufacturers:

2,334,600 pills -  SpecGx LLC

360,200 pills - Actavis Pharma, Inc. 

199,440 pills - Purdue Pharma LP 

166,100 pills - KVK-Tech, Inc. 

165,070 pills - Par Pharmaceutical 

Top 5 Distributors:

1,753,880 pills -  McKesson Corporation 

1,463,570 pills - Cardinal Health 

126,100  pills -  AmerisourceBergen Drug 

95,300 pills -  Anda, Inc 

7,700 pills - River City Pharma 

WASHINGTON POST ARTICLES: 

Five takeaways from the DEA’s pain pill database

Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database

An onslaught of pills, hundreds of thousands of deaths: Who is accountable?

Internal drug company emails show indifference to opioid epidemic

 

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