More than 100 billion opioid analgesics saturated the nation over 9 years

Newly disclosed data from DEA shows that more than 100 billion doses of oxycodone and hydrocodone were shipped nationwide from 2006 through 2014. In July, it was reported that U.S. drug companies had manufactured and distributed more than 76 billion pain tablets.

Newly disclosed data from DEA shows that more than 100 billion doses of oxycodone and hydrocodone were shipped nationwide from 2006 through 2014. In July, it was reported that U.S. drug companies had manufactured and distributed more than 76 billion pain tablets. Two additional years of information—2013 and 2014—was recently posted by a data analytics company managed by lawyers for the plaintiffs in a massive lawsuit against the opioid industry. The newly released data, which traces the path of drugs from manufacturers and distributors to pharmacies across the country, confirms again that six companies distributed the vast majority of the pain medication. McKesson, Cardinal Health, Walgreens, AmerisourceBergen, CVS, and Walmart accounted for 76% of the oxycodone and hydrocodone tablets that were shipped between 2006 and 2014. The DEA data is drawn from a database known as ARCOS, or the Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System. It reveals what each company reported to DEA about the drugs it distributed day by day, town by town.