Federal prosecutors have charged 60 medical professionals for allegedly distributing more than 32 million pain pills. The Wall Street Journal reports a number of doctors, pharmacists and nurses were arrested across several states in what is being called the largest prescription opioid bust ever.
While the CDC says, on average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, the Roanoke Times is reporting illegal drug habits are changing. Rocky Mount Police in neighboring Franklin County says drug users are moving away from opioids and turning to crystal meth because it has a stronger high and is more readily available. The meth collected in this area is made in super-labs in Mexico and smuggled in from large U.S. cities like Atlanta.