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Walgreens Helped Fuel San Francisco Opioid Epidemic, Judge Rules

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Walgreens Helped Fuel San Francisco Opioid Epidemic, Judge Rules

A federal judge found Walgreen Co. helped exacerbate the opioid epidemic in San Francisco, the latest decision in opioid-related lawsuits aimed at pharmacy chains around the U.S. Walgreens the largest retail pharmacy in San Francisco, for more than a decade failed to adequately halt suspicious orders of opioids that could be used illegally, U.S. District Judge said in an opinion issued Wednesday. “The effects of the opioid epidemic on San Francisco have been catastrophic,” Judge Breyer wrote in a 112-page opinion.