Tennessee AG sues Food City supermarkets over opioids

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Posted at 9:15 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 22:15:11-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general has sued Food City over claims that the supermarket chain's pharmacies intentionally profited from the opioid epidemic by unlawfully selling tens of millions of prescription opioids in the state.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery filed the lawsuit Thursday in Knox County Circuit Court. Slatery's office says more than 23% of the opioids the company's Tennessee pharmacy sold between 2006 and 2014 were from one Knoxville store.

The lawsuit is one of several Tennessee has filed against companies over the opioid epidemic. A spokesperson for Food City's parent company called the lawsuit's allegations “grossly incorrect and unfair.”