According to newly-released data from 2006-2012, Marion County recorded the second-highest opioid prescription rate in Alabama with an average of 108 pills prescribed per resident.
Marion County comes second only to neighboring Walker County, which saw an average of 140 pills prescribed per person.
From 2006-2012, Marion County was supplied 23.1 million prescription pain pills. Walker County was supplied 66.4 million.
According to the nationwide DEA data, there were 76 billion pills prescribed—75% of which were distributed by just six companies: McKesson Corp., Walgreens, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, CVS and Walmart.
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