Six more states file suits over opioid crisis

Six more states on Tuesday announced lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing its prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales.

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

“It’s time the defendants pay for the pain and the destruction they’ve caused,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said at a news conference.

Florida also sued drugmakers Endo Pharmaceuticals; Allergan, a unit of Johnson & Johnson; Teva Pharmaceutical and Mallinckrodt, as well as drug distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson.

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Oxycontin pills. oxycodone hydrochloride. prescription only pain medication. (Photo by Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)