The Sessions and DeWine announcement took place just one day after DeWine’s office filed suit against Cardinal Health of Dublin and three other drug distributors, charging the companies “ignored their duties as drug distributors to ensure that opioids were not being diverted for improper use,” DeWine said in a statement released Monday.
Although Sessions was joined by seven state attorneys generals — six of them Republicans — the event clearly was designed to highlight DeWine’s role in combating opioids.
DeWine said “experts tell us that 80 percent of the people who are addicted to opiates today started with pain meds. And that’s why your action today, frankly, makes us very happy.”
Ellen Barry, a Cardinal spokesman, said Monday the lawsuit was “unfounded” and said Cardinal Health “has been cooperating constructively in a good faith effort to alleviate this public health crisis and save lives.”