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Flint sues drug companies, says it’s owed for fallout of opioid crisis

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

by M Live Michigan

FLINT, MI -- The city has joined other Michigan municipalities suing big pharmaceutical companies for creating a hazard to public health through the production and spread of opioids.

“We’re done. Enough is enough. We’re taking back the city,” Mayor Karen Weaver said Tuesday, Feb. 19, at a news conference to announce the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court.

The 111-page complaint against 21 drug companies claim they used false, deceptive and unfair marketing to promote drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone in order to boost profits while looking “the other way -- or worse -- as the (opioid) epidemic unfolded.”