Washington Post Shares DEA Pain Pills Database

“For the first time a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States – by manufacturers and distributors to pharmacies in every town and city – has been made public.” -Washington Post, Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database

In six years, roughly 380 MILLION transactions took place. The Washington Post (WP) delve into the database of oxycodone and hydrocodone pill shipments. This data is publicly available at the county and state levels.

A visual of pill distribution in the United States

DEA map of pills distributed in U.S.


Interested in learning more? Want to download the data? Here is a helpful guide – How to download and use the DEA pain pills database

Note: We suggest downloading the regionalized data because the national data could potentially overload your laptop. 



Alma Trotter

Alma helps CareSet with Data Quests. She graduated from UT Austin with a major in Anthropology. After moving to Houston she made cupcakes at the Black Hole coffee shop, managed the Caroline Collective co-working space, and then joined CareSet in 2013. She now pursues a location-independent lifestyle, working remotely for CareSet from New Mexico with her two cats as in-purrson officemates.