Pawtucket Times

Walmart offers to pay $3.1 billion to settle opioid lawsuits


Walmart proposed a $3.1 billion legal settlement on Tuesday over the toll of powerful prescripti­on opioids sold at its pharmacies, becoming the latest major drug industry player to promise major support to state, local and tribal government­s still grappling with a crisis in overdose deaths.

The retail giant’s announceme­nt follows similar proposals on Nov. 2 from the two largest U.S. pharmacy chains, CVS Health and Walgreen Co., which each said they would pay about $5 billion.

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