Should Walmart Be Held Responsible for Its Role in the Opioid Epidemic?

Should Walmart Be Held Responsible for Its Role in the Opioid Epidemic?

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Abstract

In October 2020, Walmart filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, hoping to deter an imminent lawsuit from the Department of Justice that is expected to hold Walmart and its pharmacists accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of overdose deaths. This case briefly goes over the details of the lawsuit and asks students to evaluate Walmart’s attempt to dispute the obligations of pharmacists to distribute or refuse certain medications.

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