According to the Centers for Disease Control the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription drugs and heroin) has quadrupled since 1999.
In 2015 opioid deaths in the United States hit a record-breaking 33,000.
The labor union is targeting the three largest U.S. prescription drug wholesalers — McKesson – Cardinal Health – and AmerisourceBergen — for flooding hard-hit areas with the highly addictive pills.
Between 2008 and 2012 for example these companies shipped 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone opioid doses to West Virginia — 433 for every man woman, and child in the state.
During that time period 1,728 people in the state overdosed on the painkillers.