Like many states across America, Ohio is in the thick of a deadly opioid epidemic. And while Jeff Sessions and the federal government may advocate locking up addicts and throwing away the key, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is taking a different approach – he’s suing the drug companies that produce painkillers in hopes of recouping some of the millions of dollars the health crisis they caused has cost the state.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, DeWine has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, Endo Health Solutions, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries of Israel, Johnson & Johnson, and Allegran for an undisclosed amount of damages. DeWine is also seeking a court injunction to shut down manufacturing, and has also accused the companies of violating the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act and practicing Medicaid fraud.
“We believe the evidence will show that these companies got thousands and thousands of Ohioans — our friends, our family members, our co-workers, our kids — addicted to opioid pain medications, which has all too often led to use of the cheaper alternatives of heroin and synthetic opioids,” DeWine said in a statement.
DeWine is confident that…