Menominee Tribe sues opioid manufacturers

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MENOMINEE (WLUK) -- The Menominee Tribe is suing major companies that manufacture and distribute opioid drugs.

“Menominee continues to endure the most catastrophic effects of this opioid epidemic. We need to hold these manufacturers and distributors accountable," Menominee Tribal Chairman Douglas Cox said in a news release.

The tribe is going after pharmaceutical companies including Purdue Pharma L.P., Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., and Allergan PLC, and distributors McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., and AmerisourceBergen Corp.

They're accused of marketing prescriptions in a way that hides or minimizes the risk of addiction, as well as failing to abide by the laws that are meant to prevent abuse of prescribed drugs.

Other Wisconsin counties have filed similar lawsuits against the makers of prescription painkillers.

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