Landmark trial with drug distributors over the opioid crisis begins in West Virginia federal court
May 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A trial involving three major prescription opioid distributors began Monday in federal court in West Virginia, the outcome of which could set the tone for future litigation related to the nationwide opioid crisis.
(CNN)A trial involving three major prescription opioid distributors began Monday in federal court in West Virginia, the outcome of which could set the tone for future litigation related to the nationwide opioid crisis.
AmerisourceBergen said in a statement to CNN that it is not responsible for the mass prescription of prescription opioids to consumers.
West Virginia was among the states with the highest opioid-involved overdose death rates in the country in 2018, according to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
"It is fitting that the trial will proceed in West Virginia, which has been ground zero of the opioid epidemic," plaintiff's attorneys Paul Farrell and Anne McGinness Kearse said in a statement.
"AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal and McKesson flooded Huntington and Cabell County with tens of millions of opioids, more than this community of 100,000 residents could require or bear. "
Federal opioid cases brought by over 2,800 American cities, towns, counties and others against prescription opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies are consolidated into the National Prescription Opiate Litigation (NPOL) before US District Court Judge Dan Polster.