Landmark trial over the opioid crisis is set to start next week at ground zero

A small West Virginia community — considered Ground Zero of this national catastrophe — is set to begin the first federal trial on Monday over one of the worst public health crises in the nation’s history. Cabell County, and its seat, Huntington, will test a legal claim made by more than 2,000 cities, counties, Native American tribes and other plaintiffs that drug companies ignored red flags and flooded their communities with addictive pain pills, causing a “public nuisance” and fueling an epidemic of substance abuse, overdoses and death.

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