TN to sue Purdue Pharma for role in opioid crisis

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Litigation against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is intensifying as six more USA states on Tuesday announced lawsuits, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing its prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales. "But I'm not going to say yes or no because I don't know".

At just 18 years old, Gorordo had no idea how addicting the medicine his doctor prescribed could be.

According to the attorney general, three Tennesseans a day die from opioid-related overdoses.

"My office is holding Purdue Pharma accountable for fueling the nation's opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers including OxyContin when it knew their drugs were potentially risky and that its use had a high likelihood of leading to addiction", Paxton said.

"In the face of abundant evidence showing the drug was unsafe and that long-term use could lead to addiction, Purdue saw fit to exchange destroyed lives for financial gain", said Paxton.

Tuesday, Attorney General Herbert Slatery claimed Purdue Pharma helped create one of the most devastating public health crisis in Tennessee's history.

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"That story is way more common than it should be", said Gorordo.

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"You can't accomplish anything in terms of getting companies to admit they are responsible without filing lawsuits", Papantonio said.

"It's getting worse and worse".

"We lack the resources that we need to treat this problem", said Stenehjem.

"Addiction can be the last chapter of your story, or it can be the first chapter of the second half of your story", Gorordo said.

A company spokesman says the filing by these attorneys general promises costly and protracted litigation. The suit is a warning that Florida officials are "fully prepared to go to war" if the companies balk at a settlement, she added.

"Our office has conducted an extensive investigation into Purdue's highly aggressive marketing practices and other unlawful conduct", Slatery said in a news release.

It's been filed under a temporary seal in Knox County Chancery Court because much of the information was obtained through the state's investigation.

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