State at­tor­ney gen­eral sues drug com­pa­nies over opi­oids

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ST. LOUIS | Mis­souri At­tor­ney Gen­eral Josh Haw­ley on Wed­nes­day filed suit against three large phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies, say­ing their “cam­paign of fraud and de­cep­tion” led to a star­tling opi­oid cri­sis in the state.

Mr. Haw­ley, a Repub­li­can, filed suit St. Louis Cir­cuit Court, nam­ing Endo Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, Pur­due Pharma and Janssen Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals. He said the suit will seek “hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars” in dam­ages and civil penal­ties.

Mr. Haw­ley said the three com­pa­nies over sev­eral years mis­rep­re­sented the ad­dic­tive risks of opi­oids, of­ten us­ing fraud­u­lent science to back their claims. As a re­sult, thou­sands of Mis­souri­ans were given un­nec­es­sary opi­oid pre­scrip­tions.

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