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Carlton County files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors

 


On June 14, Carlton County filed a lawsuit in federal district court against six of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers—including Purdue Pharma, Cephalon, Inc., and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and the three largest distributors of prescription drugs—McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. Carlton County alleges that these companies used deceptive marketing tactics with the intent to maximize profits while minimizing both the addictive nature of these drugs, and the health risks to patients.

The highly addictive nature of opioids, which are powerful painkillers, has led to a major public health crisis nationwide, in Minnesota, and in Carlton County. Carlton County has seen an increase in the number of opioid deaths and addiction-related cases in the past decade. The lawsuit asserts claims against manufacturers and distributors in connection with their roles in the crisis.

 

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