TN to sue Purdue Pharma for role in opioid crisis

Texas, 5 other states sue Purdue Pharma, alleging deception that led to opioid overdose deaths

Tennessee Attorney General sues Purdue Pharma – Investigations of other opioid manufacturers and distributors

In a statement, Acting Attorney General Underwood said that NY is readying its litigation against the opioid manufacturer for "its alleged deception and reckless disregard for the health and well-being of New Yorkers". "We believe Purdue's conduct has been unconscionable, and we intend to hold the company accountable".

The State of Texas is suing Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, over the opioid crisis in Texas.

A total of 22 states have now filed actions against one or more opioid drug markers, seeking financial compensation for states' law enforcement and drug treatment expenses.

The Texas lawsuit accuses Purdue Pharma of using a marketing campaign to convince doctors and consumers that their opioid drugs are effective for treating long term pain and have a low risk of addiction.

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"We are in the midst of a national opioid crisis claiming 175 lives a day nationally and 15 lives a day in Florida, and I will not tolerate anyone profiting from the pain and suffering of Floridians", Bondi said. Five other states - Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas - also announced lawsuits today against the company. It included a supplemental investigative subpoena on Purdue Pharma.

Company spokesman Bob Josephson said the civil lawsuits followed months of negotiations with state officials to address the opioid crisis.

Other investigations remain ongoing, according to the AG's office. An order that was approved by Knox County Circuit Court Judge Kristi Davis on Tuesday allows the seal to expire in 10 days from the time Purdue is served with the suit, unless the company seeks a protective order during that time.

In an announcement Tuesday afternoon, Paxton, a Republican, flanked by several assistant attorney generals, said the state is taking the drug maker to court for misrepresenting the risks of opioid addiction. "Lawsuits in other jurisdictions have been much stronger than this one". He later withdrew the motions, allowing the district attorneys to continue handling the cases.

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Laxalt, in Nevada, accused Purdue Pharma of downplaying serious risks of addiction and overstating the effectiveness of doctors' ability to manage patients' addiction.

"Purdue claimed no maximum dosage limits for Oxycontin, and that the only real limit is when the patient's life is threatened with respiratory depression", Stein said.

"Just after graduating from high school, I was diagnosed with a bone tumor on my left femur and I went into surgery and afterwards they sent me home with a bottle of 80 Vicodin", said recovering addict Joseph Gorordo.

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Tuesday that Texas has filed suit against Purdue Pharma.

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