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Mitigating the Incidence & Severity of Injuries & Other Harms

State of Oklahoma, ex. rel. Hunter v. Purdue Pharma, L.P., et. al.

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State of Oklahoma, ex. rel. Hunter v. Purdue Pharma, L.P., et. al.(Okla. Dist. Ct. Aug. 26, 2019): An Oklahoma court ruled that Johnson and Johnson® and other pharmaceutical companies violated the state’s public nuisance law. The court found the defendants engaged in false, misleading, and dangerous opioid marketing campaigns promoting opioids as under-prescribed and as having a low risk for abuse. These campaigns exponentially increased Oklahoma’s opioid addiction rates and overdose deaths and injured or endangered the health or safety of communities in violation of the state’s public nuisance law. Read the decision here.

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