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>> Ohio is suing drug makers it blames for its opioid crisis. The states Attorney General Mike DeWine, Wednesday, saying his office filed the suit against five major drug manufacturers, accusing them of misrepresenting the risk of prescription painkillers and helping fuel a deadly epidemic.>> They knew all of it was wrong, and they did it anyway.
>> Ohio joins a growing number of state and local governments suing drug makers and distributors, seeking to hold them accountable for the explosive opioid crisis. The drugs including prescription painkillers and heroine, killed more than 33,000 people in the US in 2015, more than any year on record according to the CDC.
DeWine argued, the company spent millions to promote the drugs for profit, while denying or trivializing their potential addictive qualities. The suit filed in Southern Ohio where addiction has hit hard, also seeks damages for the money the state has spent on the fallout.>> Our lawsuit would compel these companies to clean up their mess in several remedies included.
One, a declaration that the companies' actions were illegal. Two, an injunction. An injunction to stop their continued deception and misrepresentation, and order to stop and abate the harm that they have caused.>> According to figures compiled recently by the Columbus Dispatch, county coroners records show that more than 4,000 people died from drug overdoses in Ohio last year.