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Hawaii's AG files lawsuit against opioid distributors as abuse epidemic rages

By KITV Web Staff
Tuesday, June 4th 2019, 6:52 AM

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Joining more than 40 other states, Hawaii filed a lawsuit against several opioid manufactures, including Purdue Pharma.

HONOLULU - Hawaii's attorney general filed a lawsuit against several opioid manufactures, including Purdue Pharma.

Joining more than 40 other states, Hawaii is suing the companies for deceptive marketing and distributing large amounts of Oxycontin and other opioids.

Under Hawaii law, this can be punishable up to $10,000 per violation.

In Connecticut, an amended lawsuit filed by their attorney general alleges that the owners of pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma illegally shuffled hundreds of millions of dollars to other Sackler family-owned properties and downplayed the addictive nature of opioids to doctors while pressuring sales reps.

The New York attorney general's office also announced a comprehensive amended lawsuit against six opioid manufacturers, one of America's richest families and four opioid distributors.