CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal jury says CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart pharmacies didn’t do enough to stop the flow of opioid pills into two Ohio counties.
The verdict Tuesday could set the stage for U.S. cities and counties that want to hold pharmacy executives accountable for their involvement in the opioid crisis.
According to the Associated PressThe crisis cost $2 billion to tackle in Lake, Trumbull and Trumbull counties.
This is the first time that pharmacy companies have been allowed to testify in defense of themselves against a drug crisis that has claimed the lives of half a million Americans over the past 20 years.
According to the news outlet, a federal judge will decide in spring 2022 what damages pharmacies must pay.
Spokespeople from CVS, Walgreens and Walmart claim that the companies will appeal against the verdict.