Are Pharmacies to Blame in Opioid Deaths? Why Ohio's Federal Drug Verdict was an Important Test Case

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Todd Brown, vice chair of the Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences, poses for a portrait. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

Last week, a federal jury in Ohio found that several major pharmacy chains operating in two of the state’s counties contributed to opioid overdose deaths there. It was the first verdict to be handed down by a jury in an opioids case—and the first to implicate the pharmacy retailers in the broader public health crisis.  

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