Tennessee-Led Coalition Seeks Documents From Opioid Manufacturers And Distributors

STATE OF ADDICTION: Kentucky joins states asking insurance companies to fight opioid epidemic

STATE OF ADDICTION: Kentucky joins states asking insurance companies to fight opioid epidemic

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is joining 40 of his counterparts across the nation seeking information from drug companies about the marketing, sale and distribution of opioids. Alabama's Steve Marshall is part of that effort.

According to the Attorney General's Office, the group served Civil Investigative Demands - a kind of subpoena for documents - on Endo, Janssen, Teva/Cephalon, Allergan and their related entities, as well as a supplemental Civil Investigative Demand on Purdue Pharma Tuesday morning.

A coalition of 37 state attorneys general, including West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, is urging health insurance companies to look at financial incentives contributing to the opioid problem.

North Carolina's Attorney General says he is expanding an investigation into the role drug manufacturers may have played in the rising opioid crisis. At the same time, opioid addictions and deaths have also skyrocketed.

Opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999, the CDC said.

Subpoenas and other document requests were served Monday to various manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids.

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Nationwide and in Texas, prescription and illegal opioids are the main driver of drug overdose deaths.

Amerisource Bergen said that it "has taken extensive action to help ensure the safe and secure delivery of these drugs, including reporting suspicious orders to the Drug Enforcement Agency and stopping tens of thousands of suspicious orders from being shipped".

McKesson said it "agrees that the opioid epidemic is a national public health crisis and plans to cooperate fully with the investigation".

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, co-leader with Morrisey on the initiative, said attorneys general want to join others to find a solution to the opioid epidemic.

Now, the state prosecutors say they will examine whether the industry was complicit in creating the epidemic, and whether it should now be responsible for helping pay for the damage caused to many communities. In Vermont, there were 106 opioid related deaths previous year, a record high.

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