ToquiNotes: State Ranks First in Another Drug Study involving Doctors, Chief John Walker Weighs In
- West Virginia is ranked first for physician arrests by the DEA. The state, the email stated, has 121 percent arrests more than the national average for states when adjustment of population is factored in.
- The Mountain State leads all state in overdose deaths.
- If a physician is arrested in West Virginia by the DEA, 72 percent of the arrests involve opioids. One in three of those would be for Oxycodone and one in four would be for Hydrocodone.
- One of the most sobering, and one that drew national attention, is that the report showed that “enough Hydrocodone is distributed to supply almost 22,000 adults for a year, at a 5mg dose at 8 tablets per day.”