Missouri AG accusing several pharmaceutical companies of creating the opioid crisis for profit

MICHEAL MAHONEY HAS THE DETAILS OF THE LAWSUIT. REPORTER: THIS IS NOT THE ONLY LAWSUIT LIKE THIS. BUT THE LANGUAGE IS STRIKINGLY BLUNT. ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH HAWLEY SAYS SEVERAL FIRMS ARE BEHIND THIS. AN EXTRA-ORDINARY PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS THAT THEY HAVE CREATED IN PURSUIT OF PROFIT. HAWLEY NAMES PURDUE PHARMACEUTICALS, THE MAKERS OF OXYCONTIN, ENDO, WHICH MAKES PERCOCET, AND JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICAL, THEY MAKE DURAGESIC, AMONG OTHERS. THE LAWSUIT SAYS THE COMPANIES MISREPRESENT HOW EASY IT IS TO BECOME ADDICTED TO PAIN KILLERS, . >> I STARTED ON PAIN KILLERS BECAUSE OF HEALTH PROBLEMS. REPORTER: NANCY SPENCER IS A FORMER DRUG ADDICT. SHE SAYS PAINKILLERS ARE AS HA TO KICK AS HEROIN, SHE DID THEM BOTH >> YOU’RE BONES ARE ACHING, ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE YOUR BONES ARE ACHING. YOU CAN’T STAND UP. YOU GET CRAMPS AL OVER YOUR BODY. IT’S ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE. REPORTER: PERDUE DENIES THE CHARGEAS, WHILE ACKNOWLEDGING THE OPIOID CRISIS. JANSON DID TOO. ADDING, ITS ACTED APPROPRIATELY, RESPONSIBLY, AND IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF PATIENTS. NOT EVERYONE WHO TAKES PAINKILLERS GETS ADDICTED, OR EVEN HAS A PROBLEM. IT’S MORE COMPLICATED THAN THAT. AND IT’S ALSO A DISTINCTIVELY AMERICAN PROBLEM, ACCORDING TO PAIN MANAGEMENT EXPERT DR. MUHAMMED FARHAN. >> MORE THAN 90% OF THE OPIATES ARE BEING USED IN THE UNITED STATES. REPORTER: JOSH HAWLEY WILL SUE SEVERAL BIG DRUM COME — DRUG COMPANIES.

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