Study: Martinsville Opioid Prescriptions Highest in Country

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — A new report ranks the city of Martinsville first in the nation in per-capita opioid prescriptions.

WDBJ-TV reports that’s according to a Centers for Disease Control report released last week.

The report analyzed prescriptions from 59,000 pharmacies around the country in 2015.

Opioids come in different strengths, so researchers came up with a standard measure comparing them to morphine.

Nationwide, it found the amount of opioids prescribed was the equivalent of 640 milligrams of morphine per person in 2015.

In Martinsville, that figure was more than 4,000 milligrams, higher than any other town or county for which data was available.

WSLS -TV reports efforts to combat the crisis in Martinsville include a police task force that’s going door to door on the weekends, passing out information about opioid abuse.

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