Nine metro Detroit cities, counties suing drugmakers for opioid epidemic

Posted at 6:00 AM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 17:44:17-05

Nine cities and counties in Michigan are filing a federal lawsuit demanding pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors be held responsible for the opioid crisis in Michigan.

The lawsuits say manufacturers and distributors have played a role in the record levels of opioid drug usage.

Pharmaceutical companies have been accused of alleged racketeering, aggressive over-promotion, fraudulent claims regarding the safety of prescription opioids and reckless production and distribution. 

The lawsuits are against these following companies:

  • Purdue Pharma
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Endo Pharmaceuticals
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals
  • Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
  • Watson Pharmaceuticals
  • Actavis Pharma
  • Cardinal Health 
  • McKesson Corporation
  • Masters Pharmaceutical
  • CVS Health Corporation
  • Walgreen Boots Alliance, Inc.
  • Rite Aid Corporation
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation