Cameron says he is suing CVS for company’s role in Kentucky’s opioid epidemic

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 11:28 AM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT/AP) - Attorney General Daniel Cameron is suing CVS.

The lawsuit accuses the pharmacy giant of excessively distributing and dispensing opioids in the state, contributing to Kentucky’s opioid epidemic.

Cameron filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Franklin County Circuit Court. He says the health care company played a role in “fueling the crisis” by inundating the state with millions of doses of powerful prescription painkillers.

Cameron says CVS ignored its own safeguard systems while “peddling” the highly addictive drugs in its stores.

“The overwhelming large volume of pills that were going into some of these counties should have raised alarms or raised red flags,” Cameron said.

The attorney general’s office says the company should’ve refused to fill prescriptions and reported large quantities to the DEA.

CVS refutes the claims and says it’s prepared to defend itself. It says opioids are made and marketed by drug manufacturers, not pharmacies.

A CVS spokesperson sent WKYT this statement:

“Pharmacists do not—and cannot—write prescriptions. Nor do they - or can they - examine patients, conduct tests, diagnose medical conditions, or determine medical treatment.”

A similar lawsuit was filed against Walgreens in 2018 when Governor Andy Beshear was Kentucky’s attorney general.

Cameron’s office says he is still pursuing that litigation.

Copyright 2021 WKYT. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.