Jury holds pharmacies responsible for role in opioid crisis

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal jury says three retail pharmacy chains didn’t do enough to stop the flow of opioid pills into two Ohio counties.

The verdict handed down Tuesday against CVS, Walgreens and Walmart could set the tone for U.S. city and county governments that want to hold pharmacies accountable for their roles in the opioid crisis. This is the first time pharmacy companies have completed a trial to defend themselves in a drug crisis that has killed a half-million Americans the past two decades.

Attorneys for Lake and Trumbull counties in Ohio convinced the jury that the pharmacies played an outsized role in creating a public nuisance in their communities.

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