Major Pharmacy Chains Account for a Third of…

Major pharmaceutical chains, specifically CVS/Caremark, Walgreen’s and Rite Aid, account for over a third of all distributions of opioids according to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) ARCOS database from 2006-2014. The two biggest chains—CVS and Walgreens—each represent over 13 percent of all opioids distributed—largely hydrocodone and oxycodone but also other opioids like fentanyl and morphine. But they also have the most locations: both have over 9,000 in the United States.

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