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Kentucky AG files opioid lawsuit against Kroger

Kentucky Attorney General Russell Coleman filed suit in Bullitt Circuit Court Tuesday against Kroger for its alleged role in the state opioid crisis.
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Kentucky Attorney General Russell Coleman filed suit in Bullitt Circuit Court Tuesday against Kroger for its alleged role in the state opioid crisis.

The civil lawsuit was filed in Bullitt Circuit Court and asks for penalties of $2,000 for each willful violation of the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. It claims Kroger’s 100-plus pharmacies distributed the equivalent of 444 million opioid doses between 2006 and 2019 – without an effective monitoring program to stop suspicious orders. The AG’s news release states the grocery chain didn’t report a single suspicious prescription in Kentucky between 2007 and 2014. Neither Coleman’s office nor Kroger responded to interview requests.

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John McGary is a Lexington native and Navy veteran with three decades of radio, television and newspaper experience.
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