Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Tuesday his office is suing Purdue Pharma, maker of the opioid OxyContin, for violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
The civil action, filed in Travis County, alleged that the Connecticut-based pharmaceutical giant sold the “highly addictive” opioids through “aggressive and deceptive marketing efforts” by misleading doctors and consumers into believing these narcotics had a low risk of addiction and that they successfully treated long term pain.
“As Purdue got rich from sales of its opioids, Texans and others across the nation were swept up in a public health crisis that lead to tens of thousands of deaths each year due to opioid overdoses,” stated Paxton.
Last year, Paxton joined 40 other state attorneys general in serving investigative subpoenas to eight pharmaceutical companies that manufactured or distributed these highly addictive pain killers.
Breitbart Texas reported that this complaint also alleged these pharmaceutical companies engaged in deceptive marketing practices to encourage doctors to prescribe opioids for chronic pain sufferers while deemphasizing the addictive properties and potentially dangerous consequences of these powerful narcotics.