Attorneys for the City of Huntington, Cabell County, and the country’s three largest drug distributors are wrapping up a landmark trial in the federal courthouse in Charleston this week.
At stake: whether the millions of doses of opioids Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen and McKesson sent to Huntington and Cabell County created a “public nuisance,” and if so, whether some fault lies with the drug distributors.
Huntington and Cabell say it does, and they’re asking for $2 billion to abate the drug crisis in the community. The drug distributors say they aren’t at fault, and are instead pointing the finger at prescribing doctors, federal regulators and illegal drug dealers.
Closing arguments began Tuesday and are expected to continue into Wednesday. Here’s Mountain State Spotlight’s coverage: