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I’m equal parts heartbroken and angry over U.S. District Judge David Faber letting three pharmaceutical distributors off the hook for the damage the addiction crisis has caused in Huntington and Cabell County.

It bothers me that the ruling was handed down nearly a year after the bench trial concluded. One could argue in a case of this magnitude, haste was not the priority. Try telling that to a family that lost a loved one to an overdose because there wasn’t a bed to be found in rehab.

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