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North Carolina AG Joins Other States In Suing Opioid Manufacturer

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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.

"You can't accomplish anything in terms of getting companies to admit they are responsible without filing lawsuits", Papantonio said.

Slatery filed his suit in Knox County Circuit Court. An estimated 2.4 million Americans are addicted to narcotics including prescription painkillers and heroin.

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. It also denied the allegations made in the six lawsuits.

Florida also sued drugmakers Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc, Allergan, units of Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, and Mallinckrodt, as well as drug distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp, Cardinal Health Inc and McKesson Corp. "As Purdue got rich from sales of its opioids, Texans and others across the nation were swept up in a public health crisis that led to tens of thousands of deaths each year due to opioid overdoses".

Teva issued a statement in which it emphasized the importance of safely using opioids.

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Bondi seeks to hold opioid distributors accountable as well, claiming these companies shipped "inordinately high volumes of opioids" to customers in Florida without reporting these suspicious orders.

"Purdue is the target here because it is one of the largest opioid manufacturers, it pioneered the expansion of the opioid market that caused the opioid epidemic", said Wayne Stenehjem, Attorney General. Between 2010 and 2016, he says opioid-related emergency room encounters increased by 136 percent.

Stein alleges that Purdue Pharma used deceptive marketing to push its Oxycontin pills on North Carolinians from 2007 to present.

- The State of Texas has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma over their marketing practices of opioid painkillers.

A total of 22 states have now filed actions against one or more opioid drug markers, seeking financial compensation for states' law enforcement and drug treatment expenses.

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