Pharmacies open opioid defense

Attorneys and staff associated with a federal trial of pharmacies, CVS, Walgreens, Giant Eagle and Walmart, leave the Carl B. Stokes Federal Courthouse in Cleveland, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. The pharmacies are being sued by Ohio counties Lake and Trumbull for their part in the opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Attorneys for Walmart Inc. and two other major pharmacy chains delivered opening statements Tuesday in a federal trial to determine whether the pharmacies' opioid sales practices contributed to the U.S. opioid crisis.

Walgreens Boots Alliance, CVS Health Corp. and Giant Eagle Inc. are named along with Walmart as defendants in the trial. The case is being heard in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.

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