Opioids

Florida sues Walgreens, CVS over opioid sales

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Florida sued Walgreens and CVS, the largest pharmacies in the U.S., alleging they contributed to the nation's opioid crisis by failing to stop "suspicious orders of opioids" and "dispensed unreasonable quantities of opioids from their pharmacies."

The details: Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi added the retailers to a lawsuit the state filed last year against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and several opioid distributors, the AP reports. Kentucky also sued Walgreens earlier this year for ignoring its own safeguard systems designed to protect and monitor consumers' opioid consumption.

Big Tech's next steps on opioids

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Tech companies are launching a new partnership today aimed at better coordinating their respective efforts to help fight the opioid crisis.

The big picture: Federal regulators had criticized tech platforms over a proliferation of ads for illegal pharmacies. But the companies have done a lot to rein in those ads and to redirect users toward information about treatment when, for example, they search Google or Facebook for opioid-related terms.

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