Federal Jury Finds Pharmacies Fueled Opioid Crisis

CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart chain pharmacies are found to have oversupplied pain pills.

A federal jury in Ohio found that the companies that own CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart pharmacies were liable for contributing to the opioid epidemic in two Ohio counties—the first, potentially influential verdict among many lawsuits that are targeting pharmacy chains. 

“For decades, pharmacy chains have watched as the pills flowing out of their doors cause harm and failed to take action as required by law,” the lawyers for the two counties, along with attorneys for local governments across the country, said in a statement after the verdict. 

“The judgment today against Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS represents the overdue reckoning for their complicity in creating a public nuisance,” the statement read. 

Representatives for CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart released statements disagreeing with the verdict, indicating they will appeal. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • About the devastating effects of opioid abuse across America and for families who have lost loved ones to drug overdoses. 
  • About the legal dispensing of prescription drugs and the culpability of pharmacies in the opioid epidemic. 
  • About appeals that will certainly follow the jury’s decision. 

Sources: Wall Street Journal, Washington Examiner, Reuters


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