CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens Played Role in Opioid Crisis

By Robert Preidt and Robin Foster
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Nov. 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) — CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens added to opioid overdoses and deaths in 2 Ohio counties, a federal jury in Cleveland discovered Tuesday.

The very first jury decision in an opioids case was available in the carefully viewed test case and might show motivating to complainants in countless claims throughout the United States utilizing the exact same legal method — that the business added to a “public nuisance,” The New York Times reported.

That argument was declined this month by judges in California and Oklahoma in cases versus opioid producers.

The Ohio case is the very first time the retail side of the drug market has actually been held liable in the U.S. opioid crisis, the Times reported. CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens are 3 of the country’s biggest drug store chains.

Following the decision, the trial judge will choose just how much each of the drug store chains will need to pay Lake and Trumbull counties in northeastern Ohio, the Times reported.

The counties’ attorneys stated the 3 business disregarded to suspicious opioid orders for many years. Eventual oversight requirements were “too little, too late,” stated Mark Lanier, the counties’ lead trial attorney, the Times reported.

Overdose deaths from prohibited opioids have actually reached record levels throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, brand-new U.S. federal government information reveal, the Times reported.

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SOURCE: The New York Times