Sport Opiate crisis in the United States: distribution giants sentenced to pay $ 650 million

19:10  18 august  2022
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  Crise des opiacés aux Etats-Unis : des géants de la distribution condamnés à verser 650 millions de dollars © Copyright 2022, L'Obs

The pharmacies of Walmart, Walgreens and CVS were sentenced Wednesday, August 17 by a judge 'Ohio, in the north of the United States, to pay $ 650.6 million (640 million euros) to the counties of Lake and Trumbull for their role in the opiate crisis , announced in a statement the cabinet From lawyers who defended the two counties, The Lanier Law Firm.

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This sum will allow "finance education and prevention programs and reimburse agencies and organizations for the costs incurred to manage the crisis", he Added. Walmart announced in a statement its intention to appeal, denouncing a trial "full of legal and factual errors".

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The three giants of distribution in the United States, which had massively distributed painkillers in these two counties, had been deemed guilty in November 2021. The lawyers of the two counties in Ohio had managed to convince the jury that the mass presence Opiacae was indeed a public nuisance and that pharmacies had participated by ignoring alarm signals for suspicious prescriptions for years.

"Cupidity, negligence and lack of responsibility"

The managers of the counties "simply wanted to be compensated for the burden of an epidemic of drugs supported by the greed of the companies, the negligence and the lack of responsibility of these pharmaceutical channels", commented Their lawyer, Mark Lanier, quoted in the press release.

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Pharmacie chains believe that pharmacists only comply with legal orders written by doctors, who prescribe substances approved by health authorities. Some parties had concluded agreements with the counties of Lake and Trumbull to end the prosecution in exchange for financial payments. This is the case with Rite Aid and Giant Eagle pharmacies channels.

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was the first time that drug distributors, and not producers, were judged responsible in this health crisis originally Of more than 500,000 dead by overdose in twenty years in the United States, which has given rise to a myriad of procedures launched by communities.

The condemnation of opiate producers on the basis of public nuisance laws has however experienced setbacks, in California and Oklahoma. Last CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Walmart agreed to pay 26 million dollars in total to two New York State counties.

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