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The Health 202: Here's why Walgreens may be in more legal jeopardy in opioid lawsuits; The pharmacy obtained its painkillers directly from drug manufacturers.

Nov 08, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs


During the worst years of the opioid crisis that has ravaged the United States, five pharmacy chains ordered 33 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, making up nearly half of the prescription painkillers distributed nationwide.

Chain pharmacy Walgreens played a unique role at the height of the crisis, during which it handled nearly 1 in 5 of the most addictive opioids.

While most pharmacies worked with who...