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You can add Ohio to the list of state and local governments that are filing lawsuits against drug makers for spreading the opioid epidemic by allegedly downplaying risks and improperly encouraging prescribing of the addictive painkillers.

Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against five companies — Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Allergan, and Endo International — for false marketing that included misleading ads in medical journals and the use of physicians and front groups to boost prescriptions for their medicines.


“These drug manufacturers led prescribers to believe that opioids were not addictive, that addiction was an easy thing to overcome, or that addiction could actually be treated by taking even more opioids” he said in a statement. “They knew they were wrong, but they did it anyway — and they continue to do it.  Despite all evidence to the contrary about the addictive nature of these pain medications, they are doing precious little to take responsibility for their actions and to tell the public the truth.”

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  • To observer079,,,,exactly,,they want the MEDICINE OPIATES gone,,the cdc,dea,government they want them gone,,sooo what better way to do it by suing the manufacturers,,sooo they won’t make them anymore!!!No-one shoves these medicines down anyones throats,,,,any ADULT can say no at any time,,,but resaponsibilty for 1’s own action as a ADULT in this country is gone,,,,,its ,”timmy’s ,”fault my baby boy of 39,,,choose to abuse medicine ,,,,,,,or someone is gonna pay to get my fill of revenge for the death of my baby girl of 35,,,,,hell have no fury of a mothers love for their ,”babies,” of 26 years olds,,,,never mind it is forcing 10,000 of HUMAN BEINGS to use death as their only option to stop their physical pain from medical condition that are painful,because their MEDICINE has been denied access too,ie,the definition of genocide btw or forcing another human being to forcible endure physical pain,ie,the definition of torture btw,,,,MARYW

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