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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey gives an update Tuesday on lawsuits filed against firms accused of fueling the state’s opioid epidemic.

West Virginia is nearing the $1 billion mark in monies received from opioid settlements reached in the last five years from lawsuits alleging drug firms caused the opioid crisis.

The near-milestone was discussed Tuesday as West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced settlements reached between the state, CVS and Walmart. The settlements resolve lawsuits that allege the pharmacies failed to maintain effective control against the diversion of opioids into the illicit market as both distributors and dispensers.

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