By Robert Preidt and Robin Foster
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Nov. 24, 2021 (HealthDay Information) — CVS Well being, Walmart and Walgreens contributed to opioid overdoses and deaths in two Ohio counties, a federal jury in Cleveland discovered Tuesday.

The primary jury verdict in an opioids case got here within the intently watched take a look at case and will show encouraging to plaintiffs in hundreds of lawsuits throughout america utilizing the identical authorized technique — that the businesses contributed to a “public nuisance,” The New York Occasions reported.

That argument was rejected this month by judges in California and Oklahoma in instances towards opioid producers.

The Ohio case is the primary time the retail facet of the drug business has been held accountable within the U.S. opioid disaster, the Occasions reported. CVS Well being, Walmart and Walgreens are three of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains.

Following the decision, the trial choose will determine how a lot every of the pharmacy chains should pay Lake and Trumbull counties in northeastern Ohio, the Occasions reported.

The counties’ legal professionals stated the three corporations turned a blind eye to suspicious opioid orders for years. Eventual oversight necessities have been “too little, too late,” stated Mark Lanier, the counties’ lead trial lawyer, the Occasions reported.

Overdose deaths from unlawful opioids have reached document ranges in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, new U.S. authorities information present, the Occasions reported.

Extra data

Go to the Nationwide Institute of Drug Abuse for extra on opioids.

SOURCE: The New York Occasions