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Multnomah Co. files $250 million opioid lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies

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Multnomah County has filed a $250 million lawsuit against major U.S. pharmaceutical companies.

The lawsuit alleges that pharmaceutical makers and distributers are overprescribing opioids to drive up profits, despite the risk of addiction.

Government agencies across the nation have filed similar lawsuits.

All this comes as President Donald Trump led a roundtable meeting Tuesday about the opioid crisis in America.

A recent government study showed that more than one-third of adults in the U.S. were prescribed medications in 2015 and many misused the drugs. Trump said the death total has been “severely underreported.”

Another study suggests more than 2.5 million children are living with a relative other than their parents because of opioid addiction issues.

Overdose rates are highest for people ages 25 to 64 in the Rust Belt, Appalachia and some western states.

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he’s assigning 12 prosecutors to work solely on the crisis, cracking down on doctors, dentists and pharmacists loosely prescribing the drugs.

The Multnomah County Board of County Commissioners passed an ordinance in June that paved the way for a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies.

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