ND, 5 other states suing opioid maker

ND, 5 other states suing opioid maker

"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".

North Carolina is among six states filing lawsuits today against drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma, accusing the company of using deceptive marketing that helped fuel the opioid crisis.

In a statement, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma denied the claims and said the company will defend itself.

Sales of Purdue Pharma opioids are worth billions of dollars every year nationwide.

"It's time the defendants pay for the pain and the destruction they've caused", Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi said during a broadcast of the announcement.

The state alleges that Purdue disguised its role in the deceptive marketing of opioids by working through third party front groups (such as pain advocacy groups it created and funded) and Key Opinion Leaders (selected doctors it paid to tout the safety of those pain medications).

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The lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction; a $1,000 fine for each TCPA violation; a $10,000 fine for each TCPA violation targeting the elderly; disgorgement of "ill-gotten gains;" restitution; a $2,000 fine for each violation of the 2007 judgment; a nuisance abatement order; equitable costs of abating the nuisance on behalf of the state and its political subdivisions and damages.

Other investigations remain ongoing, according to the AG's office. Yet, Purdue promoted OxyContin and other narcotics to some of its top prescribers in Tennessee despite these many red flags and targeted our most vulnerable citizens. He later withdrew the motions, allowing the district attorneys to continue handling the cases.

Nevada state Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt speaks at a news conference on a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Las Vegas.

"We lack the resources that we need to treat this problem", said Stenehjem. "I think their lawsuit complements ours; it's not in competition".

US state attorneys general of Nevada, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota and Tennessee also said Purdue Pharma violated state consumer protection laws by falsely denying or downplaying the addiction risk while overstating the benefits of opioids.

The state alleges that Purdue made unsubstantiated claims regarding the benefits of long-term opioids treatment and falsely represented that opioid use improved patients' function and quality of life. Washington County is considering filing suit.

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