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Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt sues maker of OxyContin

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt sues maker of OxyContin Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt sues maker of OxyContin
Bennie Garza | 16 May, 2018, 06:48

"It resulted in large measure from a company's decision to aggressively and deceptively market OxyContin and misrepresent the most serious side effect of opioids-addiction", the suit states.

In a press release, the attorney general's office said the sales of Purdue Pharma opioids are worth billions of dollars every year nationwide.

"My office is holding Purdue Pharma accountable for fueling the nation's opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers including OxyContin when it knew their drugs were potentially unsafe and that its use had a high likelihood of leading to addiction", Paxton said. "I believe that credible evidence exists to conclude that Purdue knew the serious risks of long-term opioid use and minimized or ignored evidence that its product could be deadly", Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said of one of the nation's leading manufacturer of prescription opioids, including OxyContin. Also, Nevada and the other litigating states continue to engage in ongoing settlement discussions with Purdue and other companies.

Stenehjem says at least 251 people have died from opioid overdoses in North Dakota.

Laxalt's lawsuit seeks civil penalties and damages for reimbursement and treatment, and seeks to cease Purdue's unlawful promotion of opioids on behalf of the State as a whole and the municipalities and counties.

"My office is holding Purdue Pharma accountable for fueling the nation's opioid epidemic by deceptive marketing of its prescription opioid painkillers", Texas Attorney General ken Paxton said.

Connecticut-based Purdue denies the claims.

Stenehjem estimates Purdue has raked in almost 35 billion dollars from opioids over the years that have taken thousands of lives, numbers he calls unconscionable.

Similar lawsuits are being filed in Nevada, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Texas. The cases have been consolidated before a federal judge in Ohio.

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