Prosecutors allege former Rochester Drug Cooperative CEO ignored mounting toll of opioids

In a historic criminal case, former Rochester Drug Cooperative Chief Executive Office Laurence Doud III is scheduled for trial this week on allegations that he and his company were significant players in a deadly opioid pipeline.

A wholesale distributor, Rochester Drug Cooperative, or RDC, was in the middle of the opioid pipeline, shipping drugs to pharmacies. Evidence shows that RDC moved tens of millions of dangerous opioids — fentanyl and oxycodone pills among them — while ignoring mounting proof of the company’s role in fueling the nation’s opioid crisis.

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