timberland shoe Alabama files suit against major opioid manufacturer saying they lied about the risks of their product
MONTGOMERY, Ala. Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Tuesday morning that Alabama has filed a lawsuit against a major opioidmanufacturer. The attorney general says the state is seekingboth monetary damages and injunctive relief. suit comes as leaders warn of a nationwide opioidcrisis.”The opioid epidemic has devastated Alabama families, leaving a trail of addiction and death winding through every community of this state,” said Attorney GeneralMarshall. “Alabama ranks first in the nation for the number of painkiller prescriptions per capita. As a result, it is estimated that almost 30,000 of our residents over age 17 are dependent upon heroin and prescription painkillers. Alabama’s drug overdose death rate skyrocketed by 82 percent from 2006 to 2014 and it is believed that many of those deaths were from opioid painkillers and heroin. said he anticipates the lawsuit will eventually be transferred to Ohio where multi district litigation is ongoing. The Alabama attorney general attended the start of settlement talks in that litigation last week.
are deeply troubled by the prescription and illicit opioid abuse crisis,
and are dedicated to being part of the solution. As a company grounded in science, we must balance patient access to FDA approved medicines, while working collaboratively to solve this public health challenge, Puskar said in a statement.
He said the company has distributed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain, developed three of the first four FDA approved opioid medications with abuse deterrent properties and partnered with law enforcement to ensure access to naloxone, a drug that reverses overdoses.