DOJ sues Walmart for ‘fueling the opioid crisis’ by ‘turning its 5,000 stores into leading suppliers of addictive painkillers and failing to properly screen questionable prescriptions’

The Department of Justice has sued Walmart, accusing the retail giant of fueling the opioid crisis by unlawfully dispensing controlled substances from its thousands of pharmacies across the country.

The 160-page civil complaint filed on Tuesday accuses Walmart of hundreds of thousands of violations of the Controlled Substances Act and seeks penalties which could total in the billions of dollars.

As one of the largest pharmacy chains and wholesale drug distributors in the country, Walmart had the responsibility and the means to help prevent the diversion of prescription opioids,’ said Jeffrey Bossert Clark, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division, in a statement. 

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