State files lawsuit against Cardinal Health for opiod distribution

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a lawsuit against Ohio-based Cardinal Health accusing the healthcare company of contributing to the state's epidemic.

This is the third opioid lawsuit Beshear's office has filed since November 2017. He filed suit against McKesson Corporation and Endo Pharmaceuticals as well.

Beshear accuses Cardinal Health of profiting off Kentuckians addicted to prescription opioids while not reporting "suspiciously" large prescription opioid shipments to state and federal agencies.

Eastern Kentucky is one area Beshear's office is focusing one. Beshear claims Cardinal Health is distributing an average of 302 doses of prescription opioids to every person in Floyd County, 245 doses per person in Clay County and 222 doses per person in Bell County.

The Attorney General's office says Delaware and New Mexico also have lawsuits against Cardinal Health, and West Virginia settled a lawsuit against the company for $20 million.

WKYT has reached out to Cardinal Health for a comment. Our request was not immediately returned.

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