Minnesota County Attorneys have filed lawsuits against 17 pharmaceutical companies and distributors for allegedly contributing to the nationwide “opioid epidemic” which now kills more people than breast cancer in the U.S.
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What’s the Problem?
The complaint was jointly filed by about a half dozen county attorneys and other public officials throughout the Land of 10,000 Lakes, according to the Star Tribune. Plaintiffs are intending to represent a united front against the companies, claiming they fraudulently downplayed the addiction risk associated with opioids and negligently distributed unusually large quantities of the meds.
“By providing misleading information to doctors about addiction being rare and opioids being safe even in high doses, then pressuring them into prescribing their products by arguing, among other things, that no one should be in pain, the [manufacturers] created a population of addicted patients who sought opioids at never-before-seen rates,” the complaint states. “This has cost our city government money in terms of fire department response and police response.”
Pete Orput, one of the Washington County attorneys that filed a complaint, called the opioid epidemic “a public nuisance,” and said the suits are being filed because opioid manufacturers and distributors “need to help us clean it up.”
Opioids are useful for temporary applications such as in post-surgery patients or end-of-life care, the plaintiffs acknowledge, but Big Pharma’s endless thirst for profit has resulted in the loss of thousands of lives and countless numbers of addictions, Orput said.
Do I Have an Opioid Class Action Lawsuit?
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