North Carolina files lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturer

North Carolina files lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturer

Nevada and five other states are filing new lawsuits alleging that a pharmaceutical company used deceptive marketing to boost drugs sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths. The state's lawsuit was filed in Knox County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit alleges Purdue engaged in deceptive marketing regarding the risks and benefits of prescription opioids, fueling Nevada's opioid epidemic and leading to the opioid overdose death of Nevadans. Attorney General Paxton's lawsuit seeks significant penalties from the company for its illegal conduct, and a permanent injunction to prevent future harm to Texans.

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. "Purdue targeted vulnerable patient populations, such as the elderly and veterans, while refusing to recognize the increased risk associated with opioid use in these patient populations".

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"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.

Other investigations remain ongoing, according to the AG's office. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) noted in its 2016 guidelines that "there is no good evidence that opioids improve pain or function with long-term use".

Laxalt says, "In 2012, on a national level, providers wrote enough opioid prescriptions for every adult American to have a bottle of pills". Of the top 25 cities for opioid abuse, four are in Texas - Texarkana, Amarillo, Odessa and Longview.

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