The opioid crisis has put Ohio's biggest company in the hot seat, especially in its home state, which has one of the highest overdose rates in the country. More than 60 Ohio counties and municipalities—from big cities such as Columbus and Cincinnati to rural outposts such as Vinton and Guernsey counties—have sued Dublin's Cardinal Health, along with other pharmaceutical wholesalers and drug manufacturers. Most of those cases—along with other opioid-related suits filed across the country—have been consolidated under U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland. In a Feb. 8 Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Cardinal reported that 317 counties and municipalities have sued the company related to its distribution of highly addictive pain medication.
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