Cherokee Tribe Calls McKinsey 'Ringleader' In Opioid Crisis

By Emily Field (June 3, 2021, 8:00 PM EDT) -- The Cherokee Nation on Wednesday sued McKinsey & Co. in Oklahoma state court alleging the consulting company played a vital role in fueling the opioid crisis by advising clients at every part of the supply chain while seeking to "dilute and delay" opioid regulations.

McKinsey's influence went beyond its clients of drugmakers, distributors and retailers of opioids, the tribe said. While the consulting firm was advising the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on rulemaking relating to opioids, it was also organizing industry resistance to regulation and making investments in the industry from drugmakers to rehab facilities, according to the complaint....

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