CEOs of the three biggest companies deny contributing to disaster at hearing in Congress, while another executive says he’s ‘deeply sorry’

The heads of some of the US’s largest corporations struggled to fight off accusations in Congress on Tuesday that they fueled the opioid epidemic by dumping millions of prescription painkillers on parts of the country worst hit by the crisis.

The CEOs of the three biggest drug distributors outright denied contributing to a disaster claiming tens of thousands of lives a year. But their position was undermined when the head of a smaller wholesaler broke ranks and acknowledged responsibility and failures. Another executive said he was “deeply sorry” for some of his company’s actions but still denied it had contributed to the escalating death toll.

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