How 76B opioid pills were distributed in US: A state-by-state breakdown

California received the largest amount of prescription painkillers between 2006 and 2012, with 8.1 billion pills distributed in the state over the six-year period, according to Drug Enforcement Administration data published by The Washington Post.

The DEA's prescription opioid database contains manufacturing and distribution information for every pain pill sold in the U.S. The Post gained access to the database after a yearlong legal battle.

The publication reviewed nearly 380 million transactions involving oxycodone and hydrocodone from 2006-12 and found more than 76 billion pills were distributed in the U.S over that time period.

Here is a breakdown of pain pill distribution by state:

Note: Figures in the billions are rounded to the nearest hundredth, unless that value would inaccurately denote a tie. For these states, figures are rounded to the nearest thousandth.

  1. California — 8.05 billion pills supplied between 2006 and 2012
  2. Florida — 5.56 billion
  3. Texas — 5.43 billion
  4. Ohio — 3.40 billion
  5. New York — 3.34 billion
  6. Pennsylvania — 3.09 billion
  7. Michigan — 2.85 billion
  8. North Carolina — 2.55 billion
  9. Tennessee — 2.52 billion
  10. Georgia — 2.27 billion
  11. Indiana — 2.12 billion
  12. Illinois — 1.94 billion
  13. Kentucky — 1.90 billion
  14. Washington — 1.86 billion
  15. South Carolina — 1.83 billion
  16. Arizona — 1.72 billion
  17. Alabama — 1.70 billion
  18. Missouri — 1.599 billion
  19. Virginia — 1.596 billion
  20. New Jersey — 1.52 billion
  21. Oklahoma — 1.40 billion
  22. Louisiana — 1.37 billion
  23. Oregon — 1.34 billion
  24. Wisconsin — 1.283 billion
  25. Massachusetts — 1.281 billion
  26. Maryland — 1.16 billion
  27. Colorado — 1.02 billion
  28. Nevada — 1 billion
  29. Arkansas — 894,469,483
  30. Kansas — 875,161,421
  31. Mississippi — 854,553,185
  32. West Virginia — 853,486,418
  33. Minnesota — 841,686,630
  34. Utah — 696,125,020
  35. Connecticut — 675,351,129
  36. Iowa — 562,927,414
  37. New Mexico — 522,109,039
  38. Maine — 397,787,254
  39. Idaho — 384,943,300
  40. Nebraska — 312,985,327
  41. New Hampshire — 280,960,084
  42. Delaware — 276,177,276
  43. Rhode Island — 255,084,145
  44. Montana — 245,472,116
  45. Hawaii — 218,979,758
  46. Alaska — 138,652,246
  47. Wyoming — 126,677,136
  48. Vermont — 123,414,703
  49. South Dakota — 115,426,857
  50. North Dakota — 89,455,642

To access more data from The Washington Post, click here.

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