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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Opioid lawsuit
The district attorneys general of Tennessee’s First, Second and Third Judicial Districts have filed a circuit court lawsuit naming prescription opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma L.P. “Tennessee has the second-highest rate of opioid addiction in the nation", says Barry Staubus, district attorney general for Tennessee’s Second Judicial District. “This region has experienced devastating consequences as a result of the opioid epidemic. Too many of our citizens’ lives have been turned upside down as a result of opioid abuse, and far too many have actually lost their lives from an overdose." The lawsuit alleges that the firm used a fraudulent campaign to convince physicians that OxyContin created a minimal risk of addiction. "The defendants mislead doctors and the public about the need for, and addictive nature of, opioid drugs which led to an opioid epidemic, created an environment for thousands of individuals in Tennessee to become addicted to opioids, and fueled a dramatic increase in the number of individuals exposed to, and addicted to, OxyContin," the lawsuit charges. And the action alleges that the police departments, schools, district attorneys’ offices, hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and taxpayers of the state of Tennessee will bear the financial burden of Purdue’s fraudulent campaign for decades to come. "Their aggressive marketing of this product has resulted in an opioid epidemic that is ravaging Tennessee, causing immense suffering to those born addicted to opioids, and costing millions of dollars to local governments forced to deal with the aftermath.”


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