Rite-Aid and Walgreens failed to monitor and report suspicious orders of prescription painkillers in West Virginia while inundating their retail pharmacies with tens of millions of pills, according to a state lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey alleges violations of the state’s Consumer Credit and Protection Act and conduct that caused a public nuisance. It said the company’s individual state pharmacies also had to buy pills from other distributors to keep up with demand.
West Virginia has by far the highest death rate from prescription overdoses. Nationally, the drug crisis has resulted in more than 430,000 deaths since 2000.