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Cherokee Nation sues pharmacies, drug distributors over opioid epidemic

There's a very large volume of opioids being distributed in the Cherokee territory -- sufficiently large to be shocking," said Richard Fields, special counsel to the attorney general of the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokee Nation is suing for "hundreds of millions of dollars" in damages, said Fields, though the lawsuit does not specify a figure. Some of these damages seek compensation for addiction treatment, medical treatment for babies born with opioid dependence, welfare for children whose parents can't support them and law enforcement efforts to curb the opioid crisis in Cherokee communities.

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July 20, 2017

(CNN) The Cherokee Nation filed a lawsuit against pharmacies and drug distributors on Thursday, alleging that the companies have not done their part to curb the opioid epidemic that has gripped the tribal community.Among the companies named are pharmacies such as Walmart, CVS and Walgreens. Also named are companies that distribute opioid medications to these pharmacies: AmerisourceBergen, McKesson and Cardinal Health."The brunt of the epidemic could have been, and should have been, Read More

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