Attorney General Herring Reports On Opioids

In a report from Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office Wednesday, a Washington Post analysis was cited of newly released data from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s opioid database showing that two Virginia cities — Norton (306 pills per person) and Martinsville (242 pills per person) — received the most opioid pain pills per capita in the country between 2006 and 2012.

During that period, drug companies put approximately 76 billion pills into communities across the country while approximately 100,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose, the report asserted. It added that the data is consistent with information obtained as part of Attorney General Herring’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, which showed that Purdue alone pushed nearly 150 million opioid pills and patches into the Commonwealth of Virginia between 2008 to 2017.

Herring is part of an ongoing bipartisan multistate investigation into whether various manufacturers and distributors engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sale, and distribution of opioids.