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Kentucky Sues An Opioid Maker On Claims Of Contributing To Crisis

Kentucky says it's suing opioid maker McKesson for its alleged excessive distribution of painkillers.
Posted at 5:37 PM, Jan 22, 2018

The state of Kentucky is again taking legal action in the opioid crisis, filing a lawsuit against a national pharmaceutical company.

It's accusing McKesson Corp. of helping fuel the opioid epidemic in the state.

The lawsuit alleges the drugmaker didn't stop pharmacies from placing suspiciously large shipments or frequent orders of painkillers.

Kentucky's attorney general says in one county alone, McKesson distributed more than 18.4 million doses of opioids from 2010 to 2016; that's enough for 477 pills for each resident.  

Last year, Kentucky also filed suit against Endo Pharmaceuticals for, the state says, contributing to opioid-related deaths.