Drug dis­trib­u­tor’s ex-CEO in­dicted in opi­oid cri­sis

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The for­mer head of a drug dis­trib­u­tor has been in­dicted on what fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors say are the first crim­i­nal charges against a drug com­pany ex­ec­u­tive to stem from the opi­oid cri­sis.

The in­dict­ment un­sealed Tues­day alleges for­mer Rochester Drug Co-Op­er­a­tive CEO Lau­rence Doud III or­dered sub­or­di­nates to ig­nore red flags about cer­tain phar­macy customers to max­i­mize rev­enues and his pay, which more than dou­bled be­tween 2012 and 2016 as com­pany sales of opi­oids soared.

Doud, 75, sur­ren­dered to au­thor­i­ties in New York City. His lawyer says he will fight the charges.

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