Newark sues 11 opioid makers, citing their 'catastrophic' impact on the city

NEWARK — Newark Mayor Ras Baraka on Thursday announced the city has sued 11 opioid manufacturers — including the maker of the painkiller OxyContin — in a lawsuit that accuses the companies of deceptive advertising.

The city’s suit, filed in Essex County, alleges the companies concealed the risk of addiction from opioids and overstated the benefits of using the drugs long term for widespread chronic conditions, including for back pains and migraines.

It comes on the heels of sources’ comment that state Attorney General Christopher Porrino would likely file suit against two drug makers, also for deceptive marketing.

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Source: NJ.com Essex

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