Beshear sues fourth opioid distributor for role in epidemic

03/08/2018 02:22 PM

FRANKFORT- Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, has filed a lawsuit against AmerisourceBergen for allegedly supplying ‘dangerous levels’ of prescription painkillers to Kentucky.

This is the fourth lawsuit Beshear has brought against opioid distributors. The lawsuit alleges unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices for excessively distributing opioids in the commonwealth and for failing to report suspiciously large volumes of these drugs to state and federal authorities.

Beshear says AmerisourceBergen supplies nearly 32 percent of opioids in the state.

“We must stop these large supplies of opioids fueling addiction in so many of our communities,” Beshear said. “One way to do that is to continue to drag these billion-dollar opioid distributors into Kentucky court to seek damages for their irresponsible actions.”

This lawsuit is one of many against AmerisourceBergen across the nation. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recently settled with the company for $16 million.

Beshear has filed lawsuits against Cardinal Health, McKesson Corporation and Endo Pharmaceuticals for their roles in the opioid epidemic.

The suit was filed in the Floyd County Circuit Court.

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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