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Ohio Lawyer Says Pharmacy Distributors To Pay $878M For Opioid Epidemic

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  • A lawyer for two Ohio counties said that CVS Health Corp (NYSE: CVS), Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA), and Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT) should fund an $878 million plan addressing the opioid crisis, writes Reuters.

  • In November, a federal jury decided that the companies created a public nuisance by flooding Ohio's Lake and Trumbull counties with addictive prescription pain pills.

  • Now, the counties want the companies to fund an $878 million five-year plan that Mark Lanier, a lawyer representing the counties, said was aimed at solving the opioid crisis rather than allocating blame.

  • CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart have denied the counties' claims and said they would appeal the November verdict.

  • Related: Walgreens Announces $683M Opioid Settlement With Florida.

  • The companies have offered to fund a one-year program to buy back unused prescription opioid drugs in the two counties.

  • They argue that Ohio's public nuisance law only requires them to stop an oversupply of prescription drugs - and not address all of its harmful effects on the communities.

  • The companies argued that if they must do more than repurchase drugs, they should not be forced to cover costs related to illegal drug use.

  • Price Action: CVS shares are down 0.16% at $98 on the last check Wednesday.

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