Beshear sues Cardinal Health for role in Opioid Epidemic

02/19/2018 03:10 PM

FRANKFORT- Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear filed a lawsuit Monday against Cardinal Health for shipping large amounts of prescription opioids into Kentucky.

Beshear is suing the Ohio-based company for unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices for excessively distributing opioids, particular in Eastern Kentucky, and failing to report the large volume of the drugs to state and federal authorities.

The lawsuit filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court alleges Cardinal Health reaped “a windfall off of the wave of addiction” in Kentucky.

“Kentucky has lost so much,” Beshear said. “But a better future is possible. The companies that made billions have a duty to help us create a future. They have a duty to fully fund treatment, prevention, recovery and enforcement efforts.”

This is the third opioid lawsuit filed by Beshear. The first suit was filed in November 2017 against Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions for violating state law and directly contributing to state opioid related deaths and overdoes from its drug Opana. On January 22, he filed a second suit against McKesson Corporation for similar claims as the suit against Cardinal Health.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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