Rochester Drug Cooperative

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A local drug distributor accused of fueling the opioid epidemic has told the state labor department that it plans to shut down its local operations.

The Rochester Drug Cooperative paid a $20 million fine after admitting that it knowingly violated federal narcotics laws. Then, the company shut down its narcotics business.

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Rochester Drug Cooperative, which has paid millions of dollars to settle federal charges connected to opioid trafficking, said Tuesday that it will no longer sell any controlled substances.

"RDC will cease distribution imminently," the company wrote to its customers. "Seek immediate alternative arrangements to procure controlled substances."

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