For two decades, drugmakers have largely dodged the blame for selling drugs that have played a key role in overdose-related deaths of more than twice the number of Americans than were killed in World War I, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined. A growing tide of lawsuits could succeed where many others have failed, alleging that drugmakers used deceptive practices so they could rake in huge profits from these painkillers while deceiving the public about the risk . . .
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