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Florida Sues Walgreens, CVS Over Alleged Involvement in National Opioid Problem

2:51 PM, Nov 19, 2018

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Chloe Nordquist

Painkillers. heroin. Fentanyl. These are all classified as opioids, which kill around 115 Americans every day on average, according to the CDC.

Now, Florida is suing Walgreens and CVS over opioid sales. The state is claiming these drugstores are partially responsible for the growing opioid problem. But Florida isn’t the first state to make that claim.

Florida Sues Walgreens, CVS Over Alleged Involvement in National Opioid Problem

Kentucky, Delaware, and Oklahoma also have pending cases against CVS and Walgreens.

These four states have filed civil lawsuits. A civil lawsuit is where a plaintiff sues a defendant for damages caused by unlawful or negligent behavior. If the defendant is found guilty, they don’t serve jail time. They have to pay.

In this specific lawsuit, Florida is suing 13 companies. Seven of them are opioid manufacturers and six are opioid distributors.

Attorney General Pam Bondi believes they’re the direct cause of Florida’s opioid problems.

The state is arguing that these companies were negligent and violated Florida trade laws.

The civil lawsuit was initially filed in May. No trial date has been set.

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