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Cairo pharmacy sold over 3 million opioid prescriptions from 2006-2012

Aug 19, 2019 12:48 am
Melanie Lekocevic at Capital Region Independent Media reports in the Greenville Pioneer that the CVS pharmacy in Cairo sold 3,229,600 opioid pain pills between 2006 to 2012, according to an analysis conducted by The Washington Post. That was the most pills distributed in Greene County, and more than twice the number of prescriptions for opioid pills as the Rite Aid in Greenville. The Rite Aid in Greenville doled out over a million-and-a-half pills in those years, while three Catskill pharmacies -- in the Price Chopper, the Rite Aid, and the Greene Medical Arts -- all distributed more than 1,300,000 opioid pills from 2006 to 2012. In all, 13,828,840 pain pills were sold in Greene County, enough for 40 pills for every person in the county each year of the study. Michael DeAngelis, the senior director of corporate communications for CVS explained that, “Our pharmacy in Cairo acquired the prescriptions of another local pharmacy that closed around the timeframe of the DEA's data,” DeAngelis said. He also pushed responsibility elsewhere. “Keep in mind that doctors have the primary responsibility to make sure the opioid prescriptions they write are for a legitimate purpose.” Whoever is to blame, the excess prescriptions lead back to the emergency room. “While we‟ve seen a decrease in overdoses, the number of persons seeking treatment for addiction has increased,” said Columbia Memorial Hospital spokesperson Bill Van Slyke. “To meet that need, we've partnered with Greener Pathways to help patients transition from our emergency department into medication-assisted treatment.” Read more about this story in the Greenville Pioneer.
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