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Three pharma chains held liable for their roles in OH opioid crisis
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Three pharma chains held liable for their roles in OH opioid crisis

Verdict issued in OH opioid crisis case. CVS, Walgreens, Walmart held responsible.

Where: OH

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On November 23rd, a federal jury held three retail pharmacy chains – CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart – responsible for their roles in the opioid crisis in Lake and Trumbull counties, OH.

Lake and Trumbull counties accused the three pharma companies of recklessly distributing and creating an oversupply of addictive painkillers that resulted in several instances of overdose-related deaths.

The attorneys representing the two OH counties stated, “The judgment today against Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS represents the overdue reckoning for their complicity in creating a public nuisance.”

CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart individually issued statements disagreeing with Tuesday’s verdict, adding that they intend to appeal against the judgment.

Walmart accused the plaintiffs’ lawyers of suing the company in search of “deep pockets” while overlooking the real causes of the opioid crisis, including pill mill doctors and “regulators asleep at the switch.”

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