Between 2006 and 2012, there were 400 million prescription opioid pills supplied to the state of Maine.
This information from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, made available on Thursday by The Washington Post, sheds light on how the opioid epidemic developed here in Maine and throughout the country.
Some of the highest numbers of oxycodone and hydrocodone pills ended up at pharmacies in Bangor in that period. Two pharmacies in Bangor were among the top three statewide for the number of pain pills they received from drug distributors.
Miller Drug in Bangor received 4,543,740 of the 397,787,254 pills that ended up in all of Maine, more than any other pharmacy in the state. Hannaford in Ellsworth received the second highest number of pain pills at 4,216,710. Hannaford in Bangor received 3,766,120.
The data provide insight into which areas of the state saw the greatest volume of opioid prescriptions from physicians.
During the same time period, Penobscot County saw the highest number of pain pills distributed per person per year than any other county in New England. Fifty-six pain pills per person were distributed in Penobscot County on average each year over that six-year period.
Using data provided by The Washington Post, the map below shows how many oxycodone and hydrocodone pills each pharmacy in Maine received from drug distributors between 2006 and 2012. Towns that have a pharmacy represented more than once may have more than one location, or that pharmacy may have changed locations during the time period. Some pharmacies listed may no longer be open.
Data analyzed include only shipments from sales of oxycodone and hydrocodone pills to retail pharmacies and chain pharmacies.