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At Trial, Oklahoma Says Johnson & Johnson's 'Greed' Fueled U.S. Opioid Crisis

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Published 3 weeks ago - Duration: 00:40s

At Trial, Oklahoma Says Johnson & Johnson's 'Greed' Fueled U.S. Opioid Crisis

Oklahoma’s attorney general argued at the start of the first trial in lawsuits around the United States over the opioid epidemic that “greed” by Johnson & Johnson helped fuel the drug crisis.

Attorney General Mike Hunter made the claim in his opening statement in a state court in Norman, Oklahoma.

The trial, the first to result from around 2,000 similar lawsuits against opioid manufacturers nationally.

The lawsuits by state and local governments seek to hold the companies responsible for the drug epidemic.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there has been a record 47,600 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2017.

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