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Database shows Kentucky ranked second for most legal pain pills per person between 2006 and 2012

Between 2006 and 2012, drug companies distributed 76 billion doses of prescription pain medicine, “enough pills to supply every adult and child in the country with 36 each year,” Scott Higham, Sari Horwitz and Steven Rich reported in The Washington Post. And rural counties, especially in Appalachia, received some of the highest shares of pain pills per person. That’s according to...

Beshear wins fight to keep four opioid lawsuits in Kentucky courts; updates available online

In an effort to halt the drug epidemic in Kentucky, Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing seven opioid manufacturers and distributors that have fueled and profited from the state’s opioid crisis – and now he is asking Kentuckians to follow each case by visiting ag.ky.gov. Andy Beshear Beshear’s office announced its ongoing commitment to transparency with the website at a South Louisville Opioid...

Beshear sues Walgreens as pharmacy, distributor; claims company failed to report flood of pills into KY

Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed suit against Walgreens for its dual role as distributor and pharmacy in allegedly failing to legally monitor its own operations that shipped and dispensed large quantities of opioids through its more than 70 locations statewide. Beshear Beshear said the company’s actions flooded Kentucky communities with dangerous prescription drugs, directly contributing to...

Beshear sues another opioid manufacturer, estimates he now has in court 85% of Kentucky’s suppliers

Attorney General Andy Beshear filed suit March 8 against another national opioid distributor, alleging unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices in the state and not reporting “suspiciously large volumes of these drugs to state and federal authorities,” as Beshear’s office put it in a news release. With the suit against AmerisourceBergen, Beshear how now sued distributors...

Beshear files lawsuit against third opioid distributor for funneling prescription painkillers into state

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a third lawsuit against one of the nation’s largest opioid distributors he says has funneled massive amounts of prescription painkillers into the state and especially rural eastern Kentucky. The lawsuit, filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court, alleges Ohio-based Cardinal Health has helped fuel Kentucky’s opioid epidemic,...