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Officials are joining forces to sue pharmaceutical companies in Salt Lake City over the opioid crisis in an effort to “change the outrageous behavior that is harming families” in Utah.
Ben McAdams, the mayor of Salt Lake County, filed a lawsuit Monday with Utah State Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill against the pharmaceutical industry, that will seek damages for the economic losses of the county from the addiction crisis. The officials allege companies used fraudulent statements to market their drugs to doctors while downplaying the risks for abuse and addiction, reports FOX 13.
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The officials are not yet specifying how much in damages they are seeking and which pharmaceutical companies will be named in the lawsuit, saying Monday they will weigh their various legal options over the next two weeks.
“We will no longer be silent and let this happen and go on without accountability,” District Attorney Gill said Monday, according to FOX 13. “As a public prosecutor, I see people in the drug cartel who profit over people suffering, and they exploit that suffering with one common purpose in mind, which is to increase their profit. There is no difference with Big Pharma doing the same thing. They are...
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