Beshear Sues Walgreens For Allegedly Fueling Kentucky’s Opioid Crisis

Jun 14, 2018

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing Walgreens, saying the company helped fuel the opioid epidemic by failing to monitor large shipments of pain pills throughout the state. 

It's latest of several lawsuits Beshear has filed against opioid distributors and manufacturers. Beshear said Walgreens failed to report “suspiciously large orders” it received for prescription pain pills. 

“Walgreens is in a position to not only know how many pills are coming into Kentucky overall, but also how many pills are coming out of that one retail store in a county with a population that should never support that amount,” he said.

Beshear said he filed the lawsuit in Boone County Circuit Court because of the large number of Northern Kentuckians who have died from drug overdoses. Earlier this year, Beshear filed suit against Johnson & Johnson and two of its subsidiaries for deceptive marketing of opioid pain killers. 

Delaware’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against the company earlier this year, alleging it filled forged prescriptions and didn’t crack down on high requests for pills.