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Feds sue Walmart over its role in opioid crisis

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WASHINGTON » The Justice Department is suing Walmart, alleging the company unlawfully dispensed controlled substances through its pharmacies, helping to fuel the opioid crisis in America. The civil complaint being filed Tuesday points to the role Walmart’s pharmacies may have played in the crisis by filling opioid prescripti­ons and by unlawfully distributi­ng controlled substances to the pharmacies during the height of the opioid crisis.

The Justice Department alleges Walmart violated federal law by selling thousands of prescripti­ons for controlled substances that its pharmacist­s “knew were invalid,” said Jeffrey Clark, the acting assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s civil division. Federal law required Walmart to spot suspicious orders for controlled substances and report those to the Drug Enforcemen­t Administra­tion. company didn’t do that.

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