A new Washington Post report has Martinsville second behind Norton in the number of opioid prescriptions per person for localities in Virginia. According to the analysis, doctor’s prescribe an average of 306 pills per person in Norton and 242 pills per person in Martinsville. The results backup the data used in a lawsuit filed by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring against Purdue Pharma claiming the company distributed 150 million opioid pills and patches from 2008 to 2017. According to Herring’s office, drug companies distributed around 76 billion pills into communities nationwide and 100,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses. The Virginia Department of Health reports the number of fatalities in the state has risen since 2017 while fatal overdoses increased by 39 percent across the state in 2015 and 2016.
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Bill Wyatt holds a B.S. in Telecommunications from Radford University. He is a radio and television station owner, journalist, broadcaster, web designer, and media consultant.