Indiana AG Among Those Investigating Drug Companies For Causing Opioid Epidemic
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is working with a coalition of his counterparts across the U.S. to investigate whether opioid manufacturers have broken any laws.
The Republican announced this week that the bipartisan group of attorneys general is investigating “what role, if any, the opioid manufacturers may have played in creating or prolonging this epidemic.” They are particularly interested in exploring if drug companies illegally marketed or sold opioids.
Indiana had a nearly 10 percent increase in opiate-fueled drug overdose deaths between 2014 and 2015, with 1,245 opioid-related deaths statewide. There were more than 33,000 deaths nationwide in 2015, with overdoses quadrupling since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The attorneys general are not identifying any targets – be it companies or individuals – of the investigation at this time.