Ohio sues opioid makers, distributors — while giving them large tax breaks

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Distribution centers, including those used by drug makers, can qualify for a tax break established more than a dozen years ago when Ohio changed how it taxes businesses.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has said he has no doubt that drug makers and distributors are responsible for Ohio’s opioid crisis as he called on them to settle state lawsuits against them, presumably for a large sum.

But throughout the opioid epidemic and to this day, state leaders have supported a tax break that has been worth more than $4 billion since 2006 that has gone in large part to companies that make or ship prescription drugs — including opioids — through warehouses in Groveport, Lockbourne and Washington Court House. The subsidy is now growing at a clip of more than $500 million a year.

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