Mississippi Could Lead Way In Suits Against Drug Makers

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.

Drug Epidemic Driving Overall Death Rates Up

Since the beginning of this decade, death rates have risen among people 25 to 44 years old in virtually every racial and ethnic group and almost all states, concludes to a Washington Post analysis. The rise in death rates has been driven in large measure by drug overdoses and alcohol abuse.