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16 May 2018, 08:08 | Randall Craig
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, left, stands next to Rep. Eric Bedingfield, whose son died past year of a drug overdose, on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at his offices in Columbia, S.C. Wilson on Tuesday announced the state had sued Purdue Pharma, accusing the maker of OxyContin and other opioid drugs of violating South Carolina's Unfair Trade Practices Act.
Nevada state Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt speaks at a news conference on a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Las Vegas.
The suit alleges Purdue violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and created a statewide public nuisance.
Stenehjem says at least 251 people have died from opioid overdoses in North Dakota.
Company spokesman Bob Josephson said the civil lawsuits followed months of negotiations with state officials to address the opioid crisis.
The Tennessee Attorney General's office is leading a bipartisan, multi-state group in this lawsuit against various opioid manufacturers and distributors as well as participating as a non-party in settlement discussions of another lawsuit pending in Cleveland, Ohio.
According to the lawsuit, Purdue Pharma intentionally released messages to downplay the concerns of patients and prescribers regarding opioids.
Separate litigation involving at least 433 lawsuits by USA cities and counties has been consolidated in a federal court in Cleveland, Ohio.
The other companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The lawsuit comes as more states, cities and counties across the United States are turning to the courts as they grapple with how to hold drug makers and distributors accountable amid a harrowing - and growing - epidemic that led to more than 42,000 opioid overdoses in 2016. In March, Slatery filed motions to intervene, or take over, the lawsuits.
"It's time the defendants pay for the pain and the destruction they've caused", Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi said Tuesday.
Lawsuits have already been filed by 16 other USA states, Puerto Rico against the privately held company. Washington County is considering filing suit.
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