Archived Report: September 2 - September 8, 2019
Health Topic: Opioids
Weekly Report: September 2 - September 8, 2019
Weekly Insights
Overselling opioids in small towns
Past week conversation highlighted a politician's involvement in driving the opioid epidemic. Republican congressman and physician Ralph Abraham was in this week’s news when the press found that his pharmacies had sold over 1.5 million opioids two small Louisiana towns with populations of 6,000. This news follows a similar trend, with other stories highlighting that Johnson and Johnson aggressively advertised opioids to rural Oklahoma communities, and that a West Virginia pharmacy sold 9 million opioids to a small town. These stories provide context for the opioid epidemic's impact on rural communities, particularly in the Appalachian region.

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