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Records Show Cardinal Health Shipped Millions Of Pain Pills To West Virginia

prescription medicine pills spilling out of a bottle

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

Cardinal Health's shipment figures were disclosed in a 2015 court document filed as part of an ongoing state lawsuit in Boone County Circuit Court. The figures from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration covered shipments between 2007 and 2012.

State Delegate Don Perdue says the shipments are "an extraordinary number of doses."

A Cardinal Health spokeswoman didn't immediate respond to a request for comment Sunday.

The 2012 lawsuit filed by then-Attorney General Darrell McGraw alleges Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health helped fuel the state's prescription drug problem. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recused himself from the lawsuit in 2013. His wife lobbied at the time for Cardinal Health in Washington, D.C. Morrisey's office said she resigned the account earlier this year.

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