MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is joining a multistate investigation into three opioid distributors that began in 2017 as a nationwide overdose crisis continues to claim thousands of lives.
Kaul announced Monday that the Wisconsin Department of Justice would join the probe that’s looking into the distribution practices of AmerisourceBergen , Cardinal Health and McKesson. Kaul’s office says they control about 90 percent of the country’s opioid supply.
Kaul calls the opioid epidemic ” the most significant public-safety challenge we face. ”
The multi-state investigation into marketing and sales practices seeks to find out whether the industry’s own actions worsened the epidemic.
Drug distributors and manufacturers have pledged to help solve the crisis.