A congressional committee is investigating why America’s largest prescription drug distributors shipped an outrageous number of pain pills to West Virginia. That state is one of the hardest hit as America battles an ever-worsening opioid addiction crisis. In fact, West Virginia saw the nation’s highest number of painkiller overdoses in 2015.  The House Energy and Commerce Committee is asking AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson companies to provide

information about their sales of hydrocodone and oxycodone to customers in West Virginia. The committee is also probing into whether the federal Drug Enforcement Administration adequately enforces laws regarding the sale of prescription painkillers and if the agency properly monitors unusual opioid sales. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that over a period of six years, drug distributors “showered the state with 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills, while 1,728 West Virginians fatally overdosed on those two painkillers.” READ MORE