Tennessee joins states suing OxyContin maker

Tennessee attorney general files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

Stenehjem says depending on how the settlement progresses goes, the state could amend its complaint to add other manufactures or bring separate suits.

Joseph has felt that pain first hand and, since he's started working at Recovery Unplugged, he sees clients struggling with opioid addiction on a daily basis.

"My office is holding Purdue Pharma accountable for fueling the nation's opioid epidemic by deceptive marketing of its prescription opioid painkillers, including Oxy Contin", Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton announced Tuesday afternoon. An estimated 2.4 million Americans are addicted to narcotics including prescription painkillers and heroin. It also denied the allegations made in the six lawsuits. The defendants include opioid manufacturers Purdue Pharma LP, J&J, Teva, Endo International Plc and drug distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp, Cardinal Health Inc and McKesson Corp.

"We are in the midst of a national opioid crisis claiming 175 lives a day nationally and 15 lives a day in Florida, and I will not tolerate anyone profiting from the pain and suffering of Floridians", Bondi said.

Teva issued a statement in which it emphasized the importance of safely using opioids.

The NC attorney general also said Purdue used deceptive marketing techniques, including targeting vulnerable patients like veterans and seniors.

- Falsely representing that Purdue's abuse-deterrent formulation of OxyContin reduces the risks of OxyContin, including the risk of addiction.

MA last week sent a letter to Purdue notifying the company of its intention to sue.

According to the lawsuit, Purdue Pharma intentionally released messages to downplay the concerns of patients and prescribers regarding opioids.

In 2016, 1,375 Texans died of opioid-related deaths.

Similar lawsuits were expected in Florida, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.

The suit against Purdue Pharma follows a lengthy investigation by the Tennessee attorney general into several drug companies and distributors.

A total of 22 states have now filed actions against one or more opioid drug markers, seeking financial compensation for states' law enforcement and drug treatment expenses.

Lawsuits have already been filed by 16 other US states, Puerto Rico against the privately held company.

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