Georgia AG Files Lawsuit Against Prescription Opioid Manufacturers
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA. – The Attorney General of Georgia has filed a lawsuit against numerous prescription opioid manufacturers, according to an online news report from wsav.com. The lawsuit, filed in Gwinnett County, Georgia, alleges that the actions of the named manufacturers contributed to the opioid crisis in the state.*
On January 3, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced a lawsuit against more than 25 entities that manufactured and distributed prescription opioid medications, like hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and fentanyl, in the state of Georgia. The suit is pending in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County and alleges that the defendants engaged in deceptive marketing by hiding the risks of addiction while exaggerating the benefits of the drugs. The entities did so, the suit alleges, to maximize profits on prescription opioids.
“We are bringing this lawsuit quite simply to seek justice for the citizens of Georgia,” Carr said. “It is imperative that we recover for the widespread damage that has been caused by this epidemic.”
Additional allegations in the lawsuit include the formation of front groups that posed as objective third parties to further the defendants’ deceptive practices; failure to monitor and prevent unusually large or off-label orders for the drugs; and encouragement of illegitimate use of the drugs. The state is requesting monetary damages, injunctions, and restitution against the manufacturers and distributors.
Georgia is one of many states in the U.S. pursuing lawsuits against prescription opioid manufacturers. Rampant addiction and overdoses have resulted in significant loss of life and financial loss for states, including lost productivity and resources spent on prescriptions, treatment, rehabilitation, and clinics.
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