Texas, 5 other states suing opioid maker Purdue Pharma

Texas, 5 other states sue Purdue Pharma, alleging deception that led to opioid overdose deaths

"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.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he believes credible evidence exists to conclude that Purdue Pharma knew the serious risks of long-term opioid use, and minimized or ignored evidence that its product could be deadly.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, left, stands next to Rep. Eric Bedingfield, whose son died a year ago of a drug overdose, on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at his offices in Columbia, S.C. Wilson on Tuesday announced the state had sued Purdue Pharma, accusing the maker of OxyContin and other opioid drugs of violating South Carolina's Unfair Trade Practices Act.

"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 risky and that its use had a high likelihood of leading to addiction", Paxton said.

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"It's time the defendants pay for the pain and the destruction they've caused", Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi said Tuesday. The defendants include opioid manufacturers Purdue Pharma LP, J&J, Teva, Endo International Plc and drug distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp, Cardinal Health Inc and McKesson Corp. The death toll attributed to opioids in the USA has quadrupled over the last two decades.

"Our office has conducted an extensive investigation into Purdue's highly aggressive market-ing practices and other unlawful conduct", said Slatery in the release.

"Today's opioid crisis is inextricably linked to Purdue's pervasive and deceptive marketing campaign".

Last October, President Trump officially declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, noting that two million Americans suffer from addiction to prescription or illicit painkillers.

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