JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Companies that make prescription painkillers and their allies have contributed more than $366,000 to Mississippi candidates and hired an average of 18 lobbyists yearly in the state since 2006 to push their policies.
The findings are part of a joint investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity.
The investigation determined the organizations spent $880 million nationwide and hired an annual average of 1,350 lobbyists in state capitals around the country from 2006 through 2015.
Mississippi had the fifth-highest rate of opioid prescriptions in the nation in 2015, with 1.07 prescriptions per capita.
Nationwide, the rate was 0.71 prescriptions per capita.