Tennessee counties suing drug companies over opioid epidemic

Tennessee counties suing drug companies over opioid epidemic

October 6th, 2017 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Breaking News

Even as a fight that could lead to a quick end to a new push to sue pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic in Tennessee is brewing, more state prosecutors are jumping into the legal fray.

The top prosecutors for five judicial districts encompassing 15 East Tennessee counties are joining their counterparts in three Upper East Tennessee districts in trying to use the legal system to hold the makers of opiate-based prescription drugs financially responsible for the state's opioid addiction problem.

Prosecutors Charme Allen, Dave Clark, Jared Effler, Russell Johnson and Stephen Crump are suing opioid drugmakers Purdue Pharma, Mallinckrodt and Endo Pharmaceuticals. Their districts range from Allen's Knox County to Crump's Bradley County. They're joining the top prosecutors in three Upper East Tennessee jurisdictions, ranging from Greene County to Sullivan County, in filing such action

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