Tennessee attorney general sues opioid manufacturer for role in deadly epidemic

Tennessee attorney general sues opioid manufacturer for role in deadly epidemic

Tennessee joins US state attorneys general from Nevada, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and North Dakota in claiming Purdue Pharma violated state consumer protection laws by falsely denying or downplaying the addiction risk while overstating the benefits of opioids. The privately-held company in February said it stopped promoting opioids to physicians after widespread criticism of the ways drugmakers market highly addictive painkillers. One Nevadan dies on average each day from drug overdose, Laxalt said. He said the filings promises costly and protracted litigation.

Stenehjem says because the company could be liable for up to $5,000 per violation, the potential damages are "enormous".

"As detailed in the complaint I filed today, Purdue Pharma repeatedly deceived prescribers and patients in its pursuit of profits, and far too many North Carolinians lost their loved ones as a results", Stein said in a statement.

Company spokesman Bob Josephson says the civil lawsuits followed months of negotiations with state officials to address the opioid crisis.

The other companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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"We do not have adequate, available, affordable treatment in the state of North Dakota, wherever you look, big city and small, rural and urban", said Stenehjem.

"It's time the defendants pay for the pain and the destruction they've caused", Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi told a press conference. In March, Slatery filed motions to intervene, or take over, the lawsuits. Rand, who prescribed over 401,000 more opiate pills in 2015 any other doctor in Northern Nevada and was a client of Purdue Pharma, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Yenick's death, and operating a pill-mill out of his office as well as a local Ford dealership.

In a statement, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma denied the claims and said the company will defend itself.

Last week, representatives of Russell, Smyth, and Wythe counties in Southwest Virginia announced they will file federal lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, but the names of the manufacturers weren't announced.

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