Video: Osceola County first in state to file suit against 21 pharmaceutical companies for opioid cri

TONIGHT OSCEOLA COUNTY IS THE FIRST TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A LAWSUIT AGAINST PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES. HOW LEADERS SAY THESE ADS WERE FORCING CONSUMERS TO BUY ADDICTIVE DRUGS. THEY SAY THIS IS A CASE OF CORPORATE GREED WHERE THEY CARE MORE ABOUT PROFIT. AMONG THEM IS PURDUE PHARMACEUTICALS. JEFF DEAL JOINS US IN THE STUDIO AND THEY CLAIM IT IS COSTING TAXPAYERS MONEY. THEY CLAIM THIS CRISIS HAS INCREASED THE FOSTER CARE AND EVEN MONEY FOR LOST PRODUCTIVITY. ON THE STREETS THE GRIP OF CORPORATE ADDICTION IS STRONG. COMING OFF YOU GET VERY SICK. IT IS A HORRIBLE THING. Reporter: THIS DOCTOR RUNS A TREATMENT FACILITY BASED IN ST. CLOUD AND BELIEVES IT IS WORSE THAN CRACK COCAINE EVER WAS. AS YOU MIX THE HEROIN AND THE FENTANYL TOGETHER, IT IS LETHAL . Reporter: THIS IS THE FIRST COUNTY IN FLORIDA TO SUE GOING AFTER PURDUE FORMER THE MAKER OF CAULK — OXYCONTIN. THEY SAY THIS IS ABOUT CORPORATE GREED. DRUG COMPANIES PUT THEIR DESIRE ABOVE THE WELL-BEING OF CUSTOMERS BY USING UNFAIR CAMPAIGNS TO GET DOCTORS AND PATIENTS TO USE IT TO TREAT PAIN LONG-TERM RATHER THAN SHORT-TERM HAS INTENDED. IT HAS RESULTED IN INCREASED COSTS FOR EMERGENCY CREWS TO CARRY THE DRUG THAT HOPES THE LAWSUIT WILL FORCE THE DRUGMAKERS TO CHANGE THE WAY THAT THEY DO BUSINESS. WE ARE TREATING MORE THIS YEAR. THEY DENIED THE ALLEGATIONS SAYING IT WAS TROUBLED BY THE CRISIS.

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