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Kasich Says Ohio Is Considering Adding Opioid Distributors to the Lawsuit Against Drug Makers

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ANDY CHOW
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A report from 60 Minutes and the Washington Post last week suggested Ohio-based Cardinal Health and other opioid painkiller distributors persuaded Congress to weaken the Drug Enforcement Agency’s authority. 

Ohio is  suing five manufacturers of prescription painkillers, claiming they downplayed the dangers when they aggressively marketed those drugs to doctors, who prescribed them to patients who got addicted.  Gov. John Kasich said his office is checking into whether to include drug distributors in that lawsuit.

“You always have to look at claims and you have to look at them thoroughly and find out what the truth is. And that’s precisely what we’re doing -- we are examining it right now.”

Several Ohio cities and counties have already filed suit against Ohio-based Cardinal Health, along with McKesson Corporation and AmerisourceBergen