The State of Alabama has filed a lawsuit against major opioid manufacturer Purdue, Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Tuesday.
Purdue manufactures and sells name brand drugs like OxyContin, MS Contin, Dilaudid/Dilaudid HP, Butrans, and other generic opioids.
In the suit, The State asserts that Purdue violated Alabama’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act in the marking and selling of the drugs, which jeopardized the health and safety of Alabama residents.
“The opioid epidemic has devastated Alabama families, leaving a trail of addiction and death winding though every community of this state,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Alabama ranks first in the nation for the number of painkiller prescriptions per capita. As a result, it is estimated that almost 30,000 of our residents over age 17 are dependent upon heroin and prescription painkillers. Alabama’s drug overdose death rate skyrocketed by 82 percent from 2006 to 2014 and it is believed that many of those deaths were from opioid painkillers and heroin.”
The State is seeking both monetary damages and injunctive relief.