The Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton will join a coalition of state Attorney Generals the are set out to investigate the part drug manufacturers have in the present opioid epidemic.
The Attorney General from Texas stated “The multi-state investigation will help us determine the appropriate course of action we can take as attorneys general to address the opioid epidemic.”
This coalition is following some weeks after Mike Dwine, the Attorney General from Ohio, filed a lawsuit against multiple drug companies. The basis for the lawsuit is that these pharmaceutical companies are misleading doctors about the risk of opioid medications.
There are also many municipalities filing suit as well. Cities and counties across the nation have filed litigation against the drug manufacturers with allegations of creating deceptive marketing strategies to push the highly addictive drugs.
The fact is that more that 33,000 deaths in 2015 were attributed to opioid overdose, and 75% of new heroin users addiction starts with legally prescribed narcotics.
It is unknown at this point how many states have thrown their hat in the ring, but the Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt said the coalition consists of “a majority of attorneys general from across the country.”
The primary purpose for this investigation is to look into the business practices of big pharmaceuticals to reveal if they are complying with federal drug regulations as well as providing accurate detailed information about the drugs they manufacture. This seems to be a step in the right direction to combat an epidemic that has quadrupled in the last 7 years.
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