A federal jury in Cleveland on Tuesday came upon that the corporations owning CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies beget been liable for contributing to the opioid epidemic in two Ohio counties—the first, doubtlessly influential verdict amongst many complaints targeting pharmacy chains.

In the suit, attorneys for Lake and Trumbull counties in northeastern Ohio had argued that the chains failed to waste peril capsules from flooding the counties and counterfeit prescriptions from being stuffed. The counties argued that by enabling the opioid crisis the pharmacy corporations had created a public nuisance costing them every about $1 billion in law-enforcement, social-services and products and court costs.

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