Another state has taken up the fight against the opioid drug epidemic sweeping the nation. New Hampshire has filed a lawsuit against Perdue Pharma, maker of the opioid OxyContin, alleging deceptive marketing of the powerful painkiller.
The lawsuit filed by the state’s attorney general blames Perdue for downplaying OxyContin’s addiction risk while overstating the medication’s effectiveness. The company is also charged with failing to report medical providers who were over prescribing the medication. Perdue “engaged in a long-running campaign of deception to create and sustain a market for its opioids,” the complaint states.
New Hampshire is latest state to target drug companies for allegedly careless marketing of their powerful and addictive opioids. Other states, including Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio, have sued drug companies like Perdue, blaming them for the climbing death toll from opioid overdoses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioid overdoses killed more than 33,000 people in the U.S. in 2013.
Opioids, which include OxyContin, morphine, fentanyl and even the illegal street drug heroin, are highly addictive leaving users dependent on them for the euphoric high they give. Some users crush or dissolve long-acting pills in order to snort, inhale or smoke them for a greater rush.
Last week, President Trump described New Hampshire as a “drug infested den” while talking with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, which didn’t settle well for the states residents. The deputy administrator for the DEA also called the state “ground zero” for the opioid epidemic. Nearly 500 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016, 10 times more than in 2000.
Source: Washington Examiner