OxyContin Maker Sued by Six Additional States

Six additional states—Kansas, Iowa, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin—have filed lawsuits against the maker of OxyContin in state courts, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The lawsuits allege that the company, Purdue Pharma, misled the public and medical communities about the addiction risks of its prescription opioid painkiller, leading to the national opioid addiction epidemic.

The West Virginia lawsuit alleges that sales representatives were trained to make prohibited claims. “For example, the corporation touted its opioid as less likely to be abused, even though federal regulators found that the tamper-resistant properties had no effect on the most common mode of abuse – swallowing the pill,” the state’s Attorney General’s office said in a news release.

A total of 44 states and 1,700 local municipalities and Native American tribes have brought claims against opioid makers and distributors, the article notes.

Heroin & the Opioid Epidemic: From Understanding to Action

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