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Newly published Drug Enforcement Administration data tracks 380 million transactions from 2006 through 2012 and three-quarters of total shipments of oxycodone and hydrocodone pills to US pharmacies, shedding light on the scope and distribution of opioid use amid a rising epidemic of abuse. For example, the data show that six companies accounted for distribution of 75% of the pills, three companies manufactured 88% of them and some counties were more heavily affected than others.

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