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Vermont Sues Opioid Drug Manufacturer

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan (file)
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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announces lawsuit against Purdue Pharma

Vermont is suing a major drug company over its prescription opioid marketing practices that the attorney general says led to the drug crisis in Vermont and around the country.
Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan filed the complaint against OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma in Chittenden County Superior Court in Burlington on Wednesday. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Vermont Consumer Protection Act and public nuisance law over the company’s marketing and promotion of opioids.  "The basis of our lawsuit is this: Purdue Pharma lied and they made billions off of it and they created a path of destruction that the state of Vermont is still reeling from.”

Connecticut-based Purdue did not immediately return an email from the Associated Press seeking comment.

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