Walmart sues U.S. over its responsibility in opioid crisis

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Walmart is suing the U.S. government as a pre-emptive strike in an anticipated legal battle over the retailer's responsibility in the opioid-abuse crisis.

The government is expected to take civil action against the world's largest retailer, seeking big financial penalties for the role its pharmacies may have played in the crisis by filling opioid prescriptions.

But on Thursday, Walmart filed a lawsuit saying that the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are blaming the company for the government's own lack of regulatory and enforcement policies to stem the crisis.

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