Nevada state Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt alleges in a civil complaint filed Tuesday, May 15, 2018, that Purdue Pharma minimized risks and overstated benefits of long-term use of narcotic opioids including OxyContin.
"It resulted in large measure from a company's decision to aggressively and deceptively market OxyContin and misrepresent the most serious side effect of opioids-addiction", the suit states.
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Six more US states on Tuesday announced lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing its prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales. The attorneys general of five other states took similar legal action today against the Stamford, Connecticut-based pharmaceutical giant.
Opioids are a family of drugs that include prescription painkillers such as OxyContin as well as illegal drugs like heroin. "Three Tennesseans are dying each day from opioid-related overdoses, and we are committed to the hard work that needs to be done to address this tragedy".
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Opioids were involved in more than 42,000 overdose deaths in 2016, the a year ago for which data was available, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The announcements follow lawsuits already filed by 16 other USA states, Puerto Rico and New York City against the privately-held company.
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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. In Texas, non-fatal opioid costs to the state are around $20 billion annually, according to research from the American Enterprise Institute. A new question on the list is regarding opioid abuse.