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Nevada attorney general files wide-ranging opioid lawsuit

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 14:56:43-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's attorney general is expanding the state's lawsuit against the maker of the opioid OxyContin to include the company's former president, his family, other drugmakers, distributors and drugstore chains Walgreens, CVS and Walmart.

The lawsuit filed naming more than 40 defendants Monday is among the most wide-ranging among the 49 states suing drugmakers and others over the painkiller epidemic.

Most of the defendants are facing at least some legal claims filed by 48 other states and thousands of other lawsuits filed by local and tribal governments, but Nevada is one of the few states to wrap them all into one wide-ranging lawsuit.

Ford said that while OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP "opened the door" to the opioid crisis, "he rest of the defendants "busted the door wide open."