State AG Joins Nationwide Investigation into Rx Opioid Manufacturers

State AG Joins Nationwide Investigation into Rx Opioid Manufacturers Photo: AP/File

June 15, 2017 02:05 PM

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson's office on Thursday said it is part of a group of attorneys general investigating pharmaceutical manufacturers' roles in the nationwide opioid crisis. 

A release from Swanson's office says the bipartisan group of attorneys general is looking at the potential legal culpability of pharmaceutical manufacturers in marketing and selling opioid painkillers. Sales of opioid painkillers -- as well as overdose deaths because of them -- have quadrupled since 1999, the release said.


"The United States is only 5 percent of the world's population, but it consumes 80 percent of the world's opioid painkillers," Swanson said via the release. 

The state of Ohio last month sued five major drug companies for their role in the epidemic, according to a National Public Radio report. The suit was the second filed by a state, following one filed by Mississippi earlier this year. It alleges, in part, that the companies intentionally misled doctors on the dangers of their products. 


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