Trial starts in potentially landmark case over Northeast Ohio pharmacies’ role in opioid crisis

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CLEVELAND (WJW) – Attorneys representing two Ohio counties along with the pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens, Giant Eagle and Walmart have started arguing in what is expected to be a landmark case over the abuse of prescription opiates.

In a two and a half hour opening statement on Monday, Texas Attorney Mark Lanier told jurors he believes the evidence will show that pharmaceutical companies, several of them acting as their own distributors, had a legal requirement to monitor and report unusual prescriptions for powerful opiates, including oxycodone and hydrocodone.

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