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Mohave County: 4 doctors prescribed 6 million opioid pills in 1 year

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By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | The Republic

Four of Arizona’s top opioid-prescribing doctors are located in sparsely populated Mohave County, an unusual pattern that has Gov. Doug Ducey asking if it might indicate widespread abuse of the pain pills.

The four doctors, who were not identified, wrote prescriptions for nearly 6 million pills over a 12-month period. That’s more than enough to medicate every resident of the northwest Arizona county four times a day, for a week.

Mohave County’s 200,000 residents are concentrated in Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City. It’s also a short drive to Las Vegas.

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