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BEVERLY — The theft of nearly 18,000 pills, most of them opioids, from Beverly Hospital is the largest incidence of its kind from a Massachuse…

BEVERLY, Mass.  — Enormous amounts of addictive narcotics are stolen from U.S. hospitals every year and no federal agency is tracking the problem with a national data base, a special report by the Salem News in Massachusetts has disclosed.

A congressional committee Monday opened an investigation into the Drug Enforcement Administration's slowdown of enforcement efforts in the face of a national opioid epidemic and demanded to know why drug distributors had shipped hundreds of millions of painkillers to communities in West Virginia.