Ohio jury blames CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies for opioid crisis

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In a first, a federal jury has found three pharmacies liable for their role in distributing opioids — a verdict that could set the tone for U.S. city and county governments that want to hold pharmacies accountable for contributing to the opioid crisis.

CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies recklessly distributed massive quantities of pain pills in two Ohio counties, a federal jury said Tuesday. Lake and Trumbull counties blamed the three chain pharmacies for dispensing a flood of pills that caused hundreds of overdose deaths and cost each of the counties more than $1 billion, their attorney said.

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