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Kate Tasker
Kate Tasker
Kate is the Industry Documents Library Managing Archivist.

New Collections Highlight the Role of Pharmacies in the Opioid Epidemic

The University of California, San Francisco and Johns Hopkins University recently added three collections, totaling over 2,200 new documents, to the Opioid Industry Documents Archives.

The documents are from litigation led by the Florida Attorney General, the Ohio counties of Lake and Trumbull, and the San Francisco City Attorney. These documents show how major companies such as CVS, Rite-Aid, Target, Walgreens and Walmart repeatedly failed to employ safeguards to prevent the over-dispensing and diversion of potentially dangerous controlled substances. The archive was initially launched in March 2021. This recent addition expands the archive’s collection to more than 1.5 million opioid industry documents.

Documents in the archive are full-text searchable and include a variety of relevant materials. Materials included company emails, memos, presentations, sales reports, budgets, audit reports, meeting agendas and minutes, expert witness reports, trial transcripts, and Drug Enforcement Administration briefings. The documents are available freely online, providing access to groups, such as families harmed by the opioid crisis, media outlets, health care practitioners, students, lawyers and researchers.

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