Chicago Tribune: suburban counties suing drug companies over opioid epidemic

December 21, 2017

Ted Gregory, Chicago Tribune

Five suburban counties in Illinois filed lawsuits Thursday against several pharmaceutical companies, joining a growing nationwide effort to hold drug manufacturers accountable for the opioid epidemic.

Prosecutors in DuPage, Kane, Will, McHenry and Lake counties said in a statement that the “aggressive and fraudulent marketing of prescription opioid painkillers” has led to a “corporate-caused drug epidemic.”

Officials said they filed the actions to stem the flow of opioids into communities and hold the manufacturers accountable for the damage done, including unemployment, increased strain on social services, the tearing apart of families and crime. The lawsuits do not specify the amount of damages sought.

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