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Southern Illinois county sues Abbott over marketing's role in opioid epidemic

Southern Illinois county sues Abbott over marketing's role in opioid epidemic

A southern Illinois county has sued north suburban-based Abbott Laboratories, accusing it of helping to feed a nationwide opioid epidemic.

In filing its lawsuit, St. Clair County, near East St. Louis, joins a growing number of communities across the country, including Chicago, suing drugmakers for their alleged role in the opioid crisis.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in state court, accuses Abbott and Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma of overstating the benefits of opioids and misrepresenting the risks.

"It was Defendants' marketing — and not any medical breakthrough — that rationalized prescribing opioids for chronic pain and opened the floodgates for opioid use and...

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