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LEVELAND  — The U.S. Department of Justice wants to join settlement talks in federal court involving hundreds of lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers.

The government says it can provide information and expertise to parties in the case and facilitate requests to government agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration.

The government made a request to join as a “friend of the court” in a filing before U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland on Monday.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the government is determined to see justice done and the nation’s “unprecedented drug crisis” ended.
More than 400 cities and counties across the country have sued drug makers and distributors for costs associated with the addiction crisis.

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  • Endo has to be the worst offender, giving big bucks to “patient advocate” groups that were sham organizations simply trying to ease the way for more Opana scripts. shame on those crooks and liars

  • The ONLY people who have a good reason to sue anyone are chronic pain patients, who are being screwed in the ass every day by politicians, medical groups, insurers, pharmacies, doctors, and esp state and federal govts. We are people who deserve so much more.

    While the state and federal govt’s endorse, support, and fund ADDICTS getting treatment with OPIOIDS people in real physical pain cannot get opioids for pain.

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