Missouri joins a growing list of states that have sued pharmaceutical firms. State Attorney General Josh Hawley says their “campaign of fraud and deception” led to the opioid crisis. The suit names the pharmaceutical firms Endo, Purdue and Janssen.
A bipartisan group of state attorneys general is investigating the marketing of prescription painkillers and the causes of widespread opioid addiction. The probe, which includes a majority of states, will target the allegedly deceptive marketing of the drugs.
Amid an opioid addiction epidemic that is killing more than 90 Americans every day, there is a movement to make it easier for relatives and health care providers to secure court orders quickly that would forcibly confine and treat people who are addicted to drugs.
Attorney General says prosecutions involving medical marijuana should be allowed “in the midst of a historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime.” Yet reseqarch shows that opiate deaths and overdoses decrease in states with medical marijuana laws.
Lawsuits against painkiller manufacturers are borrowing legal tactics the state of Mississippi pioneered against Big Tobacco, which settled for a record $206 billion in 1998. The states asserted they were victims of an industry-induced nicotine addiction that spiked health care costs for Medicaid recipients. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is using a similar argument against opioid drugmakers.