Cherokees Say Wal-Mart, Walgreens Let Opioids Loose

By Andrew Westney (April 20, 2017, 7:11 PM EDT) -- The Cherokee Nation hit Wal-Mart, Walgreens and other major retail pharmacies and drug distributors with a suit in tribal court Thursday, alleging the companies have allowed opioid abuse to reach epidemic proportions within the Oklahoma tribe by failing to block illegally prescribed opioids from reaching its members.

In its tribal court petition, the tribe accused McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., AmerisourceBergen Corp., CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of negligence, unjust enrichment, civil conspiracy, nuisance and violations of the Cherokee Nation Unfair and Deceptive Practices Act for allegedly allowing opioids to be diverted to unauthorized users and...

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