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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Dunn joins opioid lawsuit
The coalition of East Tennessee district attorneys general that brought an October 2017 lawsuit against several prescription opioid producers has filed an amended complaint in Campbell County Circuit Court. Now the complaint includes District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn, who represents Tennessee’s Fourth Judicial District and the counties of Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier. Dunn’s involvement raises the number of districts participating in the suit to six, and the number of counties represented to 19. The amended lawsuit against Purdue Pharma L.P. and its related companies, alleges that: The producer defendants directed their opioids to the 19 East Tennessee counties while the criminal defendants participated in the illegal opioid drug market throughout the same judicial districts; Purdue Pharma conducted a fraudulent campaign to convince physicians that OxyContin® created minimal risk of addiction; As Purdue’s marketing efforts demonstrated success in the form of rapid increases in opioid prescriptions,other opioid producers joined Purdue in its fraudulent scheme; The legal action also alleges that Purdue’s efforts and those of the other defendants to mislead doctors and the public about the need for, and addictive nature of, opioid drugs 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 East Tennessee counties in the number of individuals exposed and addicted to OxyContin, Roxicodone®, Opana® and other opioids. According to the action, he producer defendants knew their products were being diverted to the illegal drug market, "but did nothing to stop it — choosing profit over people". The lawsuit demands judgment against the defendants for damages and restitution to the plaintiffs, and also requests an injunction to stop the flood of opioids to the region.


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