North Dakota joins lawsuit against maker of OxyContin

North Dakota joins lawsuit against maker of OxyContin

"My office is holding Purdue Pharma accountable for fueling the nation's opioid epidemic by deceptive marketing of its prescription opioid painkillers", Texas Attorney General ken Paxton said.

The Tennessee Attorney General's office is leading a bipartisan, multi-state group in this lawsuit against various opioid manufacturers and distributors as well as participating as a non-party in settlement discussions of another lawsuit pending in Cleveland, Ohio.

The suit alleges Purdue "misrepresented and trivialized the risk of addiction from "prolonged use" and "re-assured prescribers" that signs of addiction were due to so-called "pseudo-addiction" among other reasons".

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.

In 2016, 1,375 Texans died of opioid-related deaths.

Hundreds of similar lawsuits have been filed against drug manufacturers and distributors.

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Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue, in a statement, denied the accusations, saying its drugs were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and accounted for only 2 percent of all opioid prescriptions.

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

The suit, filed in Clark County District Court, seeks money from Purdue to be shared by Nevada state agencies and municipalities to spend on drug treatment facilities and rehabilitation centers, Laxalt said. In March, Slatery filed motions to intervene, or take over, the lawsuits.

"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. The lawsuit also accuses Purdue Pharma of targeting seniors and other "vulnerable" populations.

"We lack the resources that we need to treat this problem", said Stenehjem. In the course of the investigation, Stenehjem said he concluded that Purdue Pharma is in large part responsible for fueling the opioid epidemic.

Last year, Shelby County Commissioners filed a lawsuit against almost 20 different drug manufacturers, doctors and pharmacies.

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