The states prescribing the most painkillers aren't the ones you think
In 1991, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that doctors wrote 76 million prescriptions. By 2011, that number had hit 219 million.
Wow. This makes some kind of sad, sick sense to me. In 2016, the 10 states with the highest U.S. rates of opioid prescriptions were all won by Trump, 9 of them in landslides. Of the 10 states with the lowest opioid prescription rates, he won only 3.