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Rise and shine, everyone, the middle of the week is already here. Time moves quickly, yes? Of course, this is good reason to hang in there, since the end of the week cannot be too far away. Besides, what are the alternatives? And do you really want to know? Meanwhile, we are digging in for another busy day of foraging. So time to get cracking. Hope you have a simply smashing day and conquer the world. Meanwhile, here are some tidbits. Good luck. …

Drug makers saturated the country with 76 billion opioid pills from 2006 through 2012, the Washington Post writes, citing newly disclosed data from a Drug Enforcement Administration database released as part of the opioid litigation. Just six companies distributed 75% of the pills: McKesson (MCK), Walgreens (WBA), Cardinal Health (CAH), AmerisourceBergen (ABC), CVS (CVS), and Walmart (WMT). Three companies manufactured 88% of the opioids: SpecGx, a unit of Mallinckrodt (MNK); ­Actavis Pharma, which is now part of Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA); and Par Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of Endo Pharmaceuticals (ENDP).

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