The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new figures on the opioid crisis, saying that the number of overdose visits to hospital emergency rooms has skyrocketed over the last year, the latest evidence of the nation's worsening drug crisis ,

AUSTIN-Attorney General in six states filed suits against the manufacturer of OxyContin and other analgesics on Tuesday which the Texas Attorney General termed misleading marketing strategies

Texas "The lawsuit accused Purdue Pharma, the privately owned manufacturer of OxyContin, of violating the" Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act "by aggressively selling its products," when it knew its drugs were potentially dangerous and that it was consuming had a high probability of leading to addiction, "said Attorney General Ken Paxton at a press conference here.

"When Purdue became rich through the sale of his opioids, the Texans and others across the nation were Health crisis that has led to tens of thousands of deaths each year due to opioid overdoses, "said Paxton.

Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota and Tennessee filed similar lawsuits on Tuesday against the drug maker based in Stamford, Conn. All were filed in state courts.

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► 29 January: Opioid manufacturers facing hundreds of lawsuits for misleading physicians

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has added four more opioid manufacturers and four distributors to their state Complaint: Endo Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures Percocet and Opana ; Johnson & Johnson and several affiliates manufacturing duragesic and tapentadol; Allergan, that's what Kadian and Norco do; Cephalon, which produces Actiq and generic opioids; and distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, McKesson and Mallinckrodt, who "failed to report suspicious orders while knowing that these customers were filling an excessive number of prescriptions."

"We are in the midst of a national opioid crisis that kills 175 people a day and 15 lives every day in Florida," Bondi said in a statement. She accused the companies of "benefiting from the pain and suffering of the Floridians."

OxyContin pills will be arranged in February 2013 in a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt., For a photo. (Photo: Toby Talbot, AP)

Purdue spokesman Robert Josephson said the company hoped to solve the concerns of Paxton and the other states without litigation.

"We are disappointed that, after months of good faith negotiations, we have come to a sensible solution to help the state of Texas cope with it. Englisch:…=view&id=167 To help the opioid crisis, the Attorney General has unilaterally decided to conduct a costly and lengthy trial, "Josephson said in a prepared statement. We vigorously reject these allegations and look forward to the opportunity to present our defense. In Tennessee, Attorney General Herbert Slatery claimed that Purdue violated a settlement with his state in 2007 and "knew that patients would die from overdose and their drugs would be illegally sold to non-patients."

"19659008" Slatery conducted a 40-step investigation of opioid manufacturers and distributors and said his state complaint had been filed under provisional seal in Knoxville to protect the trust information that Purdue provided to the investigators.

The investigation and talks with the company are continuing, said Leigh Ann Apple Jones, spokeswoman for Slatery.

Purdue has acknowledged the opioid epidemic on his homepage . 19659008] ► Oct. 31: New Jersey sues OxyContin maker, claiming it misled the public
► 19.9. Why state-run drug companies tackle opioids by pharmaceutical companies [19659008] "The prescription and illegal opioid abuse crisis is a multi-faceted challenge to public health" states in the message, "and as a manufacturer of prescription opioids have it is our responsibility to join the fight. At Purdue, we are determined to lead our industry to address the nation's prescription and illegal opioid abuse crisis. In February, Purdue said it would reduce sales staff and stop promoting OxyContin for healthcare professionals The industry is tackling an avalanche of lawsuits by individuals, cities, counties, states and Indian tribes that are having an epidemic of opiate abuse

The rate of opioid prescriptions has tripled in the United States since the 1990s, treating 1 in 15 patients As narcotics become chronically dependent on pain relief in US emergency rooms, said Dr. Nicholas Lee, an Austin anesthetist , on Tuesday in a hearing on possible new laws to combat opioid abuse.

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► August 3: Proportion of riders under the influence of Opioide show Spike [19659008] "We understand the problem," Lee said, adding that doctors sometimes write prescriptions for more pills than necessary, and patients share the excess medication with family and friends. As a result, doctors reduce the prescriptions.

In his printed statement, Paxton Purdue accused the following:

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (Photo: John C. Moritz / USA Today Network)

• Incorrect or missing disclosure of the search risk of opioids

• misrepresentation that has no "upper limit" ] of their opioid drugs, falsely demonstrating that physicians and patients were able to increase opioid doses indefinitely without risk

• Incorrect, unfounded representations about " pseudo-additive " and mistakenly inform physicians the usual signs of addiction in patients are actually signs that the patient needs a higher opioid dose

• falsely that Purdues abuse prevention Formulation of OxyContin reduces the risks of the drug, including there s Risk of addiction

Opioids were responsible for almost 42,250 deaths in 2016, according to federal disease control and disease prevention centers. This is five times more than in 1999.

Paxton highlighted the possibility of further opioid abuse , however, declined to say when or against which companies something could be done. Texas & # 39; civil lawsuit does not require specific financial damages, but requires a jury trial.

Initially, he said the lawsuit seeks to prevent further violations of commercial practices. But he added that every injury carries a fine of up to $ 20,000.

In earlier months and years, officials in at least 16 states – [1945954] Arizona, Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia sued various manufacturers and distributors of painkillers for their role in the opioid epidemic.

Tuesday's lawsuits come about a month after the change in direction by a federal judge in Cleveland, who had encouraged corporations and governments to handle hundreds of lawsuits filed by local governments over excessive use of prescription opioid analgesics

[►May31: Ohio AG lawsuit accused drug companies of fueling opiate epidemic
► December 2014: lawsuit seeks to make pharmaceutical companies pay for OxyContin abuse

The Judge plans three trials in Ohio

In 2007, Purdue Pharma did not commit misconduct by paying $ 19.5 million to settle litigation with 26 states and the District of Columbia after OxyContin was aggressively marketed to physicians and physicians downplayed the search risk. Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas were part of this agreement. Florida and North Dakota were not.

Post: The Associated Press. Follow John C. Moritz on Twitter: @JohnnieMo

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