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Boone, Kenton Co Fiscal Courts to sue opioid distributors

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The Boone and Kenton County Fiscal Courts voted Tuesday to separately file suit against the wholesale drug distributors, whose misconduct contributed to the ongoing opioid epidemic in NKY, they claim. 

Boone and Kenton counties will file suit against the country's three largest wholesale drug distributors, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson Corporation.  

These three companies have a combined revenue of $400 billion a year, and together, control more than 80 percent of the market for prescription opioids.

Congress enacted a system in 1970 to control the volume of opioid pills being distributed.  

There is evidence the companies failed to halt orders that indicated abnormal or suspicious activity, the fiscal courts said.

Attorneys said Boone and Kenton counties are among many communities currently paying the price for that failure.

“We are pursuing this lawsuit because the opioid scourge has placed a heavy burden on our local governments, while wholesale distributors maximized their profits. Much like a drug dealer, they ignored the harmful impacts and poisoned our community. I have personally witnessed the devastation that our families experienced as a result. These companies must be held accountable which will allow for greater investment in law enforcement, treatment, education and prevention efforts to relieve the effects of the opioid epidemic," Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore, said in a news release. 

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