Some local counties sue drug companies over opioid epidemic

Three North Mississippi counties are suing drug companies over the opioid epidemic.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2018 6:42 PM
Updated: Jan. 11, 2018 7:38 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Three North Mississippi counties are suing drug companies over the opioid epidemic.

Benton, Tippah and Union counties filed the lawsuits in U. S. District Court in Oxford.

The current lawsuit is being brought against at least 12 drug companies claiming that doctors were not accurately made aware of addiction risks.

The lawsuit filed by Union County in part stated:

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“The manufacturers aggressively pushed highly addictive, dangerous opioids, falsely representing to doctors that patients would only rarely succumb to drug addiction.

These pharmaceutical companies aggressively advertised to and persuaded doctors to prescribe highly addictive, dangerous opioids, turned patients into drug addicts for their own corporate profit.
Such actions were intentional and/or unlawful.”

The lawsuit is asking for the companies to stop production of the drugs and pay governments for monies spent related to the drugs.

The counties are suing manufacturers and wholesale companies who distributed opioids.

The legal papers were filed Monday in U. S. District Court in Oxford and became public on Wednesday.

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