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Tennessee attorney general sues opioid manufacturer for role in deadly epidemic

Texas, 5 other states sue Purdue Pharma, alleging deception that led to opioid overdose deaths Tennessee Attorney General sues Purdue Pharma – Investigations of other opioid manufacturers and distributors
Kenny Thornton | 16 May, 2018, 06:42

This story was updated May 15, 2018, at 10:19 p.m. with more information.

"My office is holding Purdue Pharma accountable for fueling the nation's opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers including OxyContin when it knew their drugs were potentially unsafe and that its use had a high likelihood of leading to addiction", Attorney General Paxton said.

The 270-page complaint outlines the state's argument, which accuses the company of causing the "most devastating public health crisis in Tennessee history" by making unlawful and misleading claims about the safety and benefits of drugs like OxyContin.

The Texas lawsuit accuses Purdue Pharma of using a marketing campaign to convince doctors and consumers that their opioid drugs are effective for treating long term pain and have a low risk of addiction.

The suit was filed in Travis County District Court and alleges deceptive trade practices allegations. He said the filing by these attorneys general promises costly and protracted litigation.

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo.

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Lawsuits already have been filed by 16 other US states, Puerto Rico and New York City against the privately held company. Purdue in February announced a halt to its promotion of opioids to physicians following widespread criticism of the ways drugmakers market addictive painkillers.

Connecticut-based Purdue denied the claims in an email statement that said it will defend itself.

Opioids were involved in more than 42,000 overdose deaths in 2016, the past year for which data is available, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Separate litigation involving at least 433 lawsuits by US cities and counties has been consolidated in a federal court in Cleveland, Ohio.

Stenehjem added in the release that the state will continue its investigation and look into the liability of additional companies that share responsibility for this epidemic, including other manufacturers and distributors.

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