ND, 5 other states suing opioid maker

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North Dakota and five other states are filing new lawsuits, accusing a pharmaceutical company of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he believes credible evidence exists to conclude that Purdue Pharma knew the serious risks of long-term opioid use, and minimized or ignored evidence that its product could be deadly.

Connecticut-based Purdue denied the claims in an email statement that said it will defend itself.

Company spokesman Bob Josephson says the civil lawsuits followed months of negotiations with state officials to address the opioid crisis.

He says the filing by these attorneys general promises costly and protracted litigation.

Similar lawsuits are expected in Nevada, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

(Portions from AP)

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