Florida AG Pam Bondi takes on CVS, Walgreens in ongoing lawsuit to stem opioid crisis

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Florida is suing national drugstore giants like CVS Pharmacy, Inc. and Walgreens Co., in an ongoing lawsuit dealing with the state’s opioid crisis.

Attorney General Pam Bondi added Insys Therapeutics, Inc., Walgreens Co., CVS Healthcare Corp. and CVS Pharmacy, Inc. to a list of other “big pharma” companies in an ongoing lawsuit Bondi first filed in May.

In the suit, Bondi accuses the pharmaceutical companies of multiple crimes which include flooding Florida’s markets with opioids and intentionally misleading doctors and the public about the dangers of opioid use.

“We will continue to pursue those companies that played a role in creating the opioid crisis,” Bondi said in a statement. “Thousands of Floridians have suffered as a result of the actions of the defendants.”

Over 40 percent of drug-related deaths in 2016 involved a prescribed opioid, the lawsuit says. Overdose deaths involving the opioid fentanyl (or drugs similar to fentanyl) skyrocketed between 2015 and 2016 by 80 percent, the lawsuit says.

CD Davidson-Hiers
CD Davidson-Hiers is a 2017 summa cum laude graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Creative Writing and French. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key honors societies, and has received multiple writing awards for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Prior to joining the Florida Phoenix, CD worked at the Tallahassee Democrat and has bylines in Tallahassee Magazine. She is a native of Pensacola and currently lives in Tallahassee with her tabby cat, Faulkner.

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