FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky is suing Walgreens for allegedly contributing to the state's opioid epidemic. 

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that he is filing the suit that claims the drug store chain failed to "legally monitor its own operations that shipped and dispensed large quantities of opioids."

The suit against Walgreens is for its role as both a distributor and as a pharmacy. Beshear said the company, which has more than 70 locations in Kentucky, flooded the state with dangerous prescription drugs. 

"As Attorney General, my job is to hold accountable anyone who harms our families," Beshear said, "While Walgreens' slogan was 'at the corner of happy and healthy,' they have significantly harmed the health of our families in fueling the opioid epidemic."

The filing in Boone Circuit Court alleges "unfair, misleading, and deceptive business practices by Walgreens for excessively distributing and dispensing opioids in Kentucky and for failing to legally report to state and federal authorities the suspiciously large orders it received for prescription opioids." 

Beshear blames Walgreens for its role in the opioid epidemic. "They have significantly harmed the health of our families in fueling the opioid epidemic," he said. 

Beshear said Walgreens knew or should have known of Kentucky's exceedingly high rate of suspicious opioid shipments and prescriptions would put the population at risk of "abuse, misuse and diversion of prescription opioids." 

WDRB reached out to Walgreens for a comment on the allegations. Spokesman James W. Graham emailed, "Thanks for giving us the opportunity to respond.  We are declining to comment because the matter is the subject of pending litigation."

Kentucky is the second state to sue Walgreens. Delaware was the first.

Beshear has already filed suit against several national opioid distributors including AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, McKesson Corporation and Johnson and Johnson. 

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