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The State of Kentucky’s Attorney General, Andy Beshear, has filed a lawsuit against Walgreens for its role in the opioid epidemic, according to CNBC.
Beshear Sues Walgreens for ‘Dual Role’ in State’s Opioid Epidemic: As both pharmacy and distributor, company violated law by failing to report its flood of pills into state – https://t.co/ScKHpszlHP
— KY Attorney General (@kyoag) June 14, 2018
Beshear told the news outlet Walgreens “directly contributed to the state’s drug epidemic” by failing to legally monitor its operations thus flooding Kentucky with opioid prescriptions at more than 70 locations across the state.
According to WCPO-Cincinnati, Beshear said Walgreens, as a distributor and as a pharmacy, “knew, or should have known about the state’s high rate of suspicious opioid shipments.”
“While the pain of addiction and the loss of a loved one may never heal, I want to make sure these billion dollar companies take responsibility and become part of the solution,” Beshear said in a press release.
Kentucky becomes the second state in the country to file a lawsuit against Walgreens for its role in the opioid epidemic. Delaware has also filed suit.