Attorney General Ashley Moody today issued a Consumer Alert warning Floridians of the rise in robotexts. Robotexts have existed for a while, but with Americans on track to receive 86 million automated text messages this year

Florida AG Moody Says “Walgreens To Face Accountability” Fueling Opioid Crisis

Attorney General Ashley Moody today issued a Consumer Alert warning Floridians of the rise in robotexts. Robotexts have existed for a while, but with Americans on track to receive 86 million automated text messages this year

Following more than $3 billion in recoveries from defendants in Florida’s historic opioid litigation, one remains—Walgreens.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said the State of Florida is in trial this week to hold Walgreens accountable for its role in helping create and fuel the deadly opioid crisis devastating Florida families and draining taxpayer-funded resources.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “I am encouraged that all the other defendants in our historic opioid litigation stepped up, and we recovered more than $3 billion to help Florida address the devastation caused by the opioid epidemic. It’s time for Walgreens to face accountability for their part in fueling the opioid crisis, and my team is prepared to vigorously try our strong case against them.”

Florida’s case to hold Walgreens responsible for the pharmaceutical company’s role in the opioid crisis is set for jury trial that started on Tuesday in New Port Richey, with jury selection in front of Judge Kimberly Sharpe Byrd. After jury selection, opening statements are likely to occur on or about April 11.

In court filings, the State highlights concerning evidence surrounding Walgreens dispensing and distribution of opioids in Florida.

According to the filings, “a Walgreens drug distribution center sold 2.2 million tablets to a single Walgreens’ pharmacy in tiny Hudson, a roughly six-month supply for each of its 12,000 residents… In some cases, Walgreens increased orders as much as 600% in the space of just two years, including, for example, supplying a town of 3,000 with 285,800 orders of oxycodone in a one-month period.”

The Office of the Attorney General will outline additional facts and figures concerning Walgreens’s role in creating and fueling the deadly opioid crisis during next week’s trial.

Attorney General Moody recently announced the securement of more than $870 million for opioid abatement from former defendants in the State’s case: CVS Health Corporation, CVS Pharmacy, Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., and Allergan PLC.

Additionally, Attorney General Moody announced the finalization of the State’s agreement with Endo Health Solutions.

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