Consultant: West Virginia city was bombarded with opioids

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new analysis of opioids in West Virginia shows the city of Huntington and its surrounding county were overwhelmed with shipments of prescription drugs. Data analyst Craig McCann testified Monday that nearly all of the shipments came from the three distributors on trial in a landmark case. Cabell County and Huntington accuse distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson of fueling the opioid epidemic. Testifying for the plaintiffs, McCann said that from 2006 to 2014, about 110 million doses of hydrocodone and oxycodone were shipped to Cabell County and Huntington. The Herald-Dispatch reports about 90% of the shipments originated from the defendants, who unsuccessfully objected to McCann’s testimony.

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