Tennessee to Sue Drug Manufacturers Over Ongoing Opioid Epidemic

A Tennessee press conference addressed drug manufacturers role in the opiate epidemic that is sweeping the country. District Attorney generals representing nine TN counties officially filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, Mallinckrodt and Endo Pharmaceuticals.

The basis for the State of Tennessee’s prosecution is that drug makers have been dishonest about the addictive nature of opiates. By promoting painkillers are a solution for pain without addressing the highly addictive nature of the medication, they have provided the public with a half-truths.

Tennessee logs more opiate prescriptions per capita than every state in the nation except West Virginia.

In the press conference, Tennessee native Chris Miller talked about the devastating effects of opiates have had on his life and on his community. He suffered tremendously, with multiple deceased friends and family members due to the opioid epidemic.

“Our objective is to identify and hold accountable the parties responsible for this opioid epidemic,” according to Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III. 

Similar cases are being announced in Ohio, Illinois, Mississippi, New York and California.

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