Reuters reported Tuesday that Oklahoma is not backing down from the fight against pharmaceutical manufacturing company, Johnson & Johnson in sparking the nation’s opioid epidemic. In 2017, 47,600 people died from overdosing on the addictive drug, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In his opening statements this morning, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said the crisis was “the worst manmade public health crisis in our state’s history.”

Johnson & Johnson marketed the painkillers Duragesic and Nucynta as safe to use for everyday pain, thus creating an oversupply resulting in more deaths, according to Oklahoma lawyer Brad Beckworth.

The epidemic has even garnished award-winning documentaries and a number of T.V. series produced, such as “Heroin(E)” and “The Naked Truth: Death by Fentanyl.”

The biggest question for this case is: Can Oklahoma bring down “big pharma” as the biggest perpetrator in the opioid epidemic?

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Written ByJamie Joseph

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