The second opioid distributor this year has been charged criminally for their role in creating the deadly opioid crisis that exists today in the U.S.
Ohio drug wholesale distributor, Miami-Luken Inc., two of its top executives and two West Virginia pharmacists were charged on Thursday with profiting from the U.S. opioid epidemic.
The company with the help of these individuals accomplished this by distributing millions of pills to areas in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee despite knowledge of opioid misuse in these areas from their drugs.
The Miami-Luken executives indicted were Anthony Rattini, the company’s former President and James Barlay, the company’s former compliance officer.
Although the company was based in Sprinboro, Ohio, it shipped millions of pills to rural Appalachia, in West Virginia.
The most shocking figure was that the company shipped almost 4 million pills in just 3 years to a pharmacy in Kermit, West Virginia with a population of just 400 people.
The West Virginian pharmacists charged were Devonna Miller-West and Samuel Ballengee.
This criminal indictment against the opioid distributor follows the trial of Rochester Drug Cooperative Inc. this past April who paid $20 million for their role in the opioid epidemic.