Cardinal Health

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Dozens of lawsuits filed by cities, counties and states across the country against opioid manufacturers and distributors will be consolidated in an Ohio court after a ruling issued by a group of federal judges Tuesday.

Before dawn, about 75 Teamsters and their supporters held candles to honor those who've died or are still struggling with addiction.
Mike Thompson / WOSU

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters continued its pressure on Dublin-based drug distributor Cardinal Health Wednesday morning with a vigil to call attention to Cardinal’s role in the opioid crisis.

Dublin-based Cardinal Health is making a leadership chance as lawsuits surrounding the opioid crisis mount.
Kiichiro Sato / AP

Amid increasing pressure over the opiate epidemic, Dublin-based drug distributor Cardinal Health is making a leadership change. In a quarterly earnings call, CEO and chairman George Barrett announced he'll turn the CEO job over to the company's chief financial officer Mike Kaufmann. 

State of Ohio / Governor's office

A report from 60 Minutes and the Washington Post on Sunday suggested Central Ohio-based Cardinal Health and other opioid painkiller distributors persuaded Congress to weaken the Drug Enforcement Agency’s authority.

The city of Cincinnati wants three major drug distributors to pay for the opioid epidemic.

The city is the latest to file suit against AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson Corporation. A federal lawsuit alleges the companies let an epidemic run unchecked. A release from the city says those three companies account for 80 percent of the market for prescription opioids.

Adam / Wikipedia

Federal records show a Central Ohio drug company shipped 241 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to West Virginia over a five-year period.