Kentucky sues Walgreens for its alleged role in the opioid crisis

Kentucky has sued Walgreens for its role in the state’s opioid epidemic.

Attorney General Andy Beshear filed the suit against Walgreens for its dual role as a distributor and a pharmacy, saying it allegedly failed to monitor its own operations and shipped and dispensed large amounts of opioids.

Beshear said Walgreens flooded Kentucky with opioid prescriptions at its more than 70 locations across the state, “directly contributing to the state’s drug epidemic.” The lawsuit alleges “unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices by Walgreens for excessively distributing and dispensing opioids in Kentucky and for failing to legally report to state and federal authorities the suspiciously large orders it received for prescription opioids.”

A spokesman for Walgreens Boots Alliance declined to comment on pending litigation.


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