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  • County, city sue pharmaceutical companies over opioid crisis

    Jan 17, 2019 | Read More News
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    The City of Tucson and Pima County Jan. 17 filed lawsuits in Pima County Superior Court against more than 20 companies, including Purdue Pharma and Insys Therapeutics, that manufacture and/or distribute opioid drugs across the nation and within the city of Tucson and Pima County. The actions are part of the two governments’ ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and its impacts on the region. 
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    Opioid addiction has reached epidemic levels over the past decade. In 2016, the FDA recognized opioid abuse as a public health crisis. In 2017, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed an emergency declaration to address the growing number of opioid overdoses and deaths in Arizona. 

    The lawsuits allege that these opioid manufacturers and distributors engaged in a concerted effort over many years to expand the market for opioids and to increase their profits by misleading consumers and medical providers through misrepresentations or omissions regarding the appropriate uses, risks, and safety of opioids, and by failing to take adequate steps to monitor the distribution and sale of opioids. 

    Through the lawsuits, the city and county seek to change the trajectory of the opioid crisis by seeking a court order blocking the described business practices; and to recover costs spent to combat opioid addiction and abuse, including costs for emergency services and health care, criminal justice and victim services, along with various social costs. 

    The city and county are represented in the lawsuits by the law firms of former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore, the Law Office of Joseph C. Tann, and Tucson-based law firm Rusing Lopez & Lizardi. 

    Pima County Complaint
    City of Tucson Complaint