My father in law is a pediatrician and my sister in law is a pharmacist. They'll both tell you that opioid prescriptions are absolutely out of control. Burke County, NC is my home county and there are literally more opiod prescriptions being handed out than their are people.
Sadly, that is the norm in western NC.
In 2016, Burke County had 151.5 opioid prescriptions per 100 people written, which is the highest number of prescriptions written per 100 people in western North Carolina, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the cluster of Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Lincoln and Gaston counties all show more opioid prescriptions issued than there are people.