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I went from dabbling in just in the evenings to taking pills at night in the morning you know going for two to three to time before it's on to five at a time in slowly like in the midst of those several years my life completely deteriorated and I lost everything that I loved for three years Oklahoma's lance laying had a crippling addiction to opiates starting from when he was prescribed pain killers after a fender Bender the thirty six year old is now in recovery and runs a sober house to help others he says he wants to see some accountability for what caused the deadly flood of opiates in Oklahoma in a trial beginning Tuesday the state is seeking billions of dollars from the nation's largest drug maker at Johnson and Johnson have a pharmaceutical is avoiding trial after it said on Sunday it had agreed to settle for eighty five million dollars Oklahoma Attorney General Mike hunters lawsuit accuse the companies of fielding the opioid epidemic by using deceptive marketing that downplayed the addictive risks while overstating the benefits you know these drugs were approved by the FDA , it did mean that these companies could market these drugs in a way that they have so there's a responsibility here that we believe is clear with respect to public nuisance law in the state to have a said the settlement quote does not establish any wrongdoing on the part of the company and denied contributing to opiate abuse in Oklahoma J. and J. also denies any wrongdoing in a statement Jane Jay said quote the FDA approved labels for these prescription pain medications provide clear information about the risks and benefits , the trial comes weeks after oxycontin maker Purdue pharma in March struck a two hundred and seventy million dollars settlement to resolve the state's claims against it again we're confident in our case the Oklahoma Attorney General then shifted focus to J. and J. as the quotes king pin behind the public health emergency with more than eighteen hundred other opioid related lawsuits mostly by state and local governments pending the Oklahoma case is the first in the nation to go to trial after US health officials said opioids were linked to a record forty seven thousand six hundred overdose deaths in twenty seventeen alone