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A jury has been seated in Florida's opioid lawsuit against Walgreens

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Most of the defendants in Florida’s lawsuit over the opioid epidemic have collectively settled for more than $870 million, according to the attorney general. One remains.

Walgreens says it will not settle. A jury has been seated in Pasco County, just north of Tampa, to hear the state’s case against the drug store chain. Opening statements are set for next week.

Attorney General Ashley Moody says the state wants to hold Walgreens accountable for its role in the deadly opioid crisis that’s devastating families and draining taxpayer-funded resources.

In court filings, the state offers evidence surrounding the pharmaceutical company’s dispensing and distribution of powerful opioid drugs.

Walgreens rival CVS is among the companies that settled with the state.

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