Alabama moves to sue opioid manufacturer Purdue for alleged role in deadly opioid crisis

February 7, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama is suing on of America’s largest drug manufacturers for allegedely jeopardizing public health and safety through shoddy opioid marketing and sales practices.

Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the legal action Tuesday.

The AG’s Office filed the lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, Purdue Frederick Company Inc. and Rhodes Pharmaceuticals — which are collectively known as Purdue — for violating the Alabama Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Purdue is one of the most active opioid makers, manufacturing brand names like OxyContin, MS Contin and Targiniq ER, along with other generic opioid drugs — all of which are at the center of a nationwide opioid epidemic.

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Attorneys General coalition seeking documents from opioid manufacturers, distributors

September 20, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A bipartisan coalition of 41 state attorneys general including Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, is seeking documents and information from opioid manufacturers and distributions as part of an investigation into the opioid epidemic.

Marshall on Tuesday announced the subpoenas, which are being sent to manufacturers Endo, Jannsen, Teva, Cephalon and Allergan. Other demands are being sent to Purdue Pharma and distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson. The subpoenas, called Civil Investigative Demands, request documents and information about their opioid production and distribution practices, which the coalition believes could be criminal or negligent.

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What’s the prescription for the opioid problem?

August 18, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

If you’ve lost a loved one to drug abuse, as I have, anger and sadness might color your resolve to fight a war against a substance, rather than address the causes that drive someone into the arms of darkness.

We have been told by the President of the United States and the US Attorney General that there is an opioid epidemic and that war has been declared against it. But, we are ignoring the factors that lead to its use.
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The Governor is devising a plan to combat Alabama’s opioid epidemic

December 16, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Seventy-eight people die in the US every day from opioid painkiller overdose, and the Yellowhammer State has the highest rate of painkiller prescribing in the country and one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the country. Gov. Robert Bentley wants a better plan to attack the epidemic.

Bentley on Thursday signed an executive order creating a new Council on Opioid Misuse and Addiction. The Council will offer recommendations on curbing the opioid addiction epidemic in Alabama, a state which has seen nearly a 20 percent increase in drug-overdose deaths from 2013–2014, according to the CDC.

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