Walgreens Helped Fuel San Francisco’s Opioid Crisis, Judge Rules

Walgreens has contributed to the opioid epidemic in San Francisco through its sale of prescriptions across the city, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

The city of San Francisco sued Walgreens and several other drug manufacturers and distributors in 2018, accusing the companies of having a role in the city’s opioid epidemic. The trial began in April, and all of the other defendants reached a settlement except for Walgreens.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer ruled that Walgreens failed to investigate suspicious opioid orders properly for nearly 15 years and said that the…

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