(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today filed a lawsuit against five leading prescription opioid manufacturers and their related companies in Ross County Court of Common Pleas. The lawsuit alleges that the drug companies engaged in fraudulent marketing regarding the risks and benefits of prescription opioids which fueled Ohio’s opioid epidemic.
“We believe the evidence will also show that these companies got thousands and thousands of Ohioans — our friends, our family members, our co-workers, our kids — addicted to opioid pain medications, which has all too often led to use of the cheaper alternatives of heroin and synthetic opioids. 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” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
“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.”
The five manufacturers which are listed as defendants include:
Purdue Pharma, which sold OxyContin, MS Contin, Dilaudid, Butrans, Hyslingla, and Targiniq
Endo Health Solutions, which sold Percocet, Percodan, Opana, and Zydone
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and its subsidiary Cephalon, which sold Actiq and Fentora
Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which sold Duragesic and Nucynta
Allergan, which sold Kadian, Norco, and several generic opioids.”
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I urge everybody to read the PDF of this historic lawsuit, and spread this news far and wide.
Ohio’s lawsuit marks a potentially revolutionary change in America’s willingness to be openly mass murdered by psychopathic, greedy pharmaceutical companies.
Mike DeWine is the real Bernie Sanders, in action, not rhetoric.
Let’s see if Sanders even mentions this suit in the coming days, when weather conditions are so perfect for anti-Trump grandstanding about the Paris Climate Accord (handled brilliantly by Tucker Carlson, here.)
From the lawsuit:
“It is hardly necessary to say – in this County or this State – that Ohio is now awash in opioids and engulfed in a public health crisis the likes of which have been seen before. In 2012, the total number of opioid doses prescribed to Ohio patients soared to 793 million – enough to supply every man, woman and child in the state with 68 pills each.3 In 2016 alone, 2.3 million Ohio patients – roughly 20% of the state’s population – were prescribed an opioid drug.4 The Ohio Automated RxReporting System (“OARRS”), the computer system that tracks how drugs are prescribed and dispensed, shows that in 2015, 1,663,614 opioid pills, or 182.2 per patient or 21.3 per capita, were dispensed in Ross County alone.
10. The result of Ohio’s opioid crisis has been catastrophic. Opioids have become the main source of unintentional drug overdose in the state and, due to the vast supply of opioids, the number of annual deaths attributable to unintentional drug overdoses has rapidly increased in recent years.
2016 saw a thirty-six (36%) increase in unintentional fatal overdoses in the State of Ohio from the previous year, when Ohio led the nation in the total number of fatal overdoses.”