Alabama AG On Why The State Is Suing OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma

Alabama AG On Why The State Is Suing OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma

Alabama AG On Why The State Is Suing OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma

According to Marshall's Facebook, he is looking forward to "four full years standing up for Alabama's values, solving the opioid crisis, defending faith, fighting federal overreach, and supporting the rights of everyone (including the unborn)". "Alabama ranks first in the nation for the number of painkiller prescriptions per capita". The Alabama attorney general attended the start of settlement talks in that litigation last week.

Alabama becomes the latest in a flood of lawsuits by states, counties and cities against drug makers in response to the opioid crisis. The Alabama Attorney General's office estimated that some 30,000 Alabamians are addicted to heroin or prescription painkillers. While the state will be contracting with two private law firms to pursue the litigation, they will work under the supervision of attorneys from the AG's office.

Headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, Beasley Allen is comprised of more than 70 attorneys and 200 support staff.

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The opioid council also found the drug overdose death rate in Alabama also increased 82 percent from 2006 to 2014.

John Puskar, director of public affairs for Purdue Pharma L.P., said the company vigorously denies the allegations in the state's lawsuit.

Marshall said Purdue Pharma is the only defendant in the lawsuit because it is the largest provider of opioids in the state. It emphasized that it has distributed CDC guidelines for preventing prescription opioid abuse, and has worked to develop abuse-deterrent opioid medications. "It will take years to undo the damage but an important first step we must take is to hold the parties responsible for this epidemic legally liable for the destruction they have unleashed upon our citizens".

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OxyContin is a prescription painkiller made by Purdue Pharma.

Economic damages resulting from the opioid epidemic include costs for providing medical care, therapeutic care and treatments for patients suffering from opioid-related addiction or disease, including overdoses and deaths; costs for providing counseling and rehabilitation services; costs for treating infants born with opioid-related medical conditions; public safety and law enforcement expenses; and care for children whose parents suffer from opioid-related disability or incapacitation. But, Alabama claims, Purdue worked to expand the use of drugs like OxyContin for chronic and less severe pain, as in arthritis, lower back pain, and frequent headaches.

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