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Opioid pills “The message from this jury is going to be talked about in the board room of every corporation that’s in the pharmaceutical chain,” plaintiff representative Joe Rice said. (Credit: Kimberly Boyles/Shutterstock.com)

The first jury to weigh in on the opioid crisis found three pharmacy chains liable Tuesday for addiction and drug abuse that has ravaged two Ohio counties, determining the retailers recklessly distributed massive amounts of pain killers.

Federal jurors in Cleveland found CVS, Walmart and Walgreens liable for public nuisance claims that seek abatement funds to pay for addiction treatment and other resources. Damages have not yet been determined. The trial judge, U.S. District Senior Judge Dan Polster of the Northern District of Ohio, will decide that during later hearings.

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