In­di­ana sues Pur­due Pharma over state’s opi­oid cri­sis

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IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — The state of In­di­ana is su­ing the maker of the painkiller OxyCon­tin, al­leg­ing that its ac­tions played a role in fu­el­ing the state’s opi­oid epi­demic.

The law­suit filed Wednes­day against Pur­due Pharma Inc., Pur­due Pharma, L.P., and The Pur­due Fred­er­ick Co. says the Stam­ford, Conn.based com­pany played a key role in In­di­ana’s opi­oid cri­sis by mis­rep­re­sent­ing the risks and ben­e­fits of opi­oids.

The suit filed in Mar­ion County al­leges that Pur­due Pharma vi­o­lated In­di­ana’s De­cep­tive Con­sumer Sales Act. It seeks penal­ties, dam­ages and an or­der halt­ing the com­pany’s con­duct. Pur­due Pharma said in a state­ment that it “vig­or­ously” de­nies In­di­ana’s al­le­ga­tions.

Sev­eral In­di­ana cities have sued Pur­due Pharma and other phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies over their al­leged roles in the opi­oid abuse cri­sis.

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