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Alabama becomes 1st state to sue opioid producers


MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — Alabama state officials are suing a major producer of Oxycontin and other opioids.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is teaming up with a Montgomery law firm to sue Purdue Pharma and its branches.

The lawsuit claims Purdue Pharma created a deceptive marketing campaign that misled patients about the benefits of the drugs and risks of addiction.

A Purdue spokesman denies the allegations and says the company is dedicated to being part of the solution.

Alabama joins a number of U.S. cities and counties, including Mobile and Baldwin counties, suing big pharma.

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