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Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Virginia joins probe into companies' role in opioid crisis

Virginia joins probe into companies' role in opioid crisis

The Attorneys General are investigating what role the opioid manufacturers may have played in creating or prolonging this epidemic.

Although they are not now publicly identifying any targets, the investigations are reportedly looking into the widespread prescribing and use of opioids, the role parties involved in the manufacture and distribution of opioids may have played in creating or prolonging this problem, and whether manufacturers have engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing and sale of opioids. His office couldn't provide a list of all the states involved, but attorneys general in Pennsylvania, Texas and IL, among others have said they have joined the investigation.

TENNESSEE- Tennesse Attorney General Herbert Slatery III announced today will be leading a bipartisan coalition of Attorney Generals across the country to fight the opioid epidemic.

Officials did not specify which companies were under investigation.

Nationwide and in Pennsylvania, opioids, prescription and illicit, are the main driver of drug overdose deaths.

Separate lawsuits by attorneys general in OH and MS, the two states that have pursued opioid-related cases to date, have targeted Purdue Pharma LP, Johnson & Johnson, Endo International Plc, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and Allergan Plc.

Representatives with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, based in Washington, D.C., did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The companies have denied wrongdoing, saying the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved their products as safe and effective and saying that they carried warning labels that disclosed their risks.

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Other attorneys general in the probe include Massachusetts' Maura Healey, New York's Eric Schneiderman and Pennsylvania's Josh Shapiro.

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