A Sun investigation reveals a confounding crisis — Nevadans consume about twice the national average per capita of prescription narcotics.
Painkillers play a vital role in medicine, but experts struggle to explain why so many are consumed in Nevada.
Theories abound — the black market is thriving, tourists drive up the numbers and hurried doctors may too quickly write prescriptions.
One thing is sure: As the rate of painkiller use climbs, so too does abuse. And Clark County's overdose deaths from prescription narcotics now outnumber those from street drugs.