The Cherokee Nation is suing Walmart, CVS and other drug retailers for failing to stop the illicit distribution of prescription opioids. It could be the opening act in a broader legal campaign by Native Americans to address a health crisis that has devastated tribal communities.
The union, its members wracked by overdose deaths, is challenging one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical wholesalers, demanding that AmerisourceBergen Corp. investigate its own sales practices and potential supply chain diversions.
Corrections officials at a Philadelphia conference call medication-assisted drug treatment a “game-changer” for inmates who otherwise are likely to relapse upon release. But it’s still a tough sell in many states.