Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Tennessee AG Leads Nationwide Investigation To Combat The Opioid Crisis

Tennessee AG Leads Nationwide Investigation To Combat The Opioid Crisis

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has joined a bipartisan coalition of Attorneys General from across the country charged with investigating whether manufacturers have engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing and sale of opioids.

Attorney General George Jepsen said he and his peers are examining what role, if any, opioid manufacturers may have played in exacerbating or prolonging the nation's opioid epidemic. "We will follow the evidence to hold every person and every company responsible for this tragedy accountable".

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Nationwide, opioid overdoses killed more people than guns and auto accidents in the 25-44 age group.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids were involved in more than 33,000 deaths in 2015 including more than 1,400 in Tennessee.

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"Far too many Virginians are still losing their lives and loved ones to the opioid crisis". "The opioid epidemic has been devastating to communities and families across Maryland". Attorneys general in Alaska and Tennessee are also considering lawsuits as their health and legal budgets are stretched to a breaking point by the surge in addictions, overdoses and crime.

More than 20 USA states, counties and cities have sued firms including Johnson & Johnson, Purdue Pharma Inc., and McKesson Corp.in the past year, claiming they fueled a public-health crisis with misleading marketing and aggressive distribution of opioids. During his time in office, Attorney General Herring and his team are working or have worked 90 cases against dealers and traffickers involving more than 434 pounds of heroin worth more than $29.5 million on the street.

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"Over the past few months, I have been proud to have my administration support and collaborate with Attorney General Shapiro on this important step in our fight against the opioid crisis", Governor Wolf said in his statement.

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