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KY Attorney General Andy Beshear Files Fourth Opioid Lawsuit

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Kentucky Office of the Attorney General
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Attorney General Beshear is suing AmerisourceBergen for what he alleges are deceptive business practices that have flooded the commonwealth with opioids.

Beshear accused the company of violating laws that require pharmaceutical companies to notify law enforcement of suspiciously large volumes of opioids coming into the state. 

Beshear said AmerisourceBergen supplies roughly 30 percent of the opioids in Kentucky.

"Thirty percent of the market is creating 400, 500 opioids for every man, woman, and child over a short period of time,” said Beshear.

West Virginia’s attorney general recently settled similar claims with AmerisourceBergen for $16 million. Beshear also has lawsuits pending against other opioid distributors, including Endo Pharmaceuticals, McKesson Corporation, and Cardinal Health.

Money recovered from any settlements with the companies would go into a fund for drug treatment.

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