Opioid epidemic strikes at heart of state; Shelby, Henry included

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By Tammy Shaw

The opioid crisis has ravaged communities across the nation.

No state, no county is immune.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) studied the growing crisis from 2006 to 2012, combing through distribution, manufacturing, prescription and sales records regarding this class of pain-killing prescription medication.

This national database drills down to state and county levels, sharing data about the epidemic of opioids throughout the U.S.

More than 76 billion opioid pills were distributed nationwide within the 7-year period.

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