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Louisiana suing drug companies for worsening opioid crisis
from The AP
September 28, 2017 -

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's health department is suing more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies, accusing them of worsening opioid abuse in the state.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Baton Rouge district court, says the drug manufacturers used marketing tactics that misrepresent the dangers of long-term opioid usage.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, in a statement, says the companies led people to believe the drugs weren't addictive. He says the lawsuit will hold the drug companies "responsible for the lasting damage they have caused upon our people."

Similar lawsuits have been filed by city, county and state agencies around the country amid a national overdose crisis that has killed thousands of people each year.

The health department says lawsuits also were filed last week by local sheriffs in Avoyelles, Lafayette, Jefferson Davis and Rapides parishes.

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