St. Louis files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

St. Louis has joined a growing number of local governments across the state and country to file lawsuits against drug companies involved in the production of opioids.

The St. Louis suit, filed Monday by an attorney for the city, alleges pharmaceutical makers knew about the addictive potential of their products, and knew that the products would be illegally diverted and sold. The suit claims the companies concealed and lied about this.

The city has suffered financial losses as a result, according to the lawsuit.

The suit names 18 defendants, including Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson and Allergan.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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