The majority of the 4.5 million prescription painkillers prescribed in Ashland County were highly-addictive opioids. 

Ashland County residents swallowed more than 4.5 million prescription pain pills between 2006 and 2012 — an average of 40 per year for every man, woman and child in the county.

Bayfield County residents, by comparison, consumed 443,980 pills, or four per person each year.

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