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August 9, 2017

Ore. county joins lawsuit over opioids

PORTLAND (AP) — Multnomah County, home to Portland, has joined a list of other counties, cities and states in filing a lawsuit against major U.S. pharmaceutical companies, accusing them of pushing doctors to overprescribe opioids such as OxyContin and Percocet despite great risks of addiction.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Monday that in the $250 million lawsuit, the county claims pharmaceutical makers and distributors have engaged in a “campaign of lies and deceptions” to drive up profits by selling opioids to the masses.

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