Montana Is Latest State to Sue Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Crisis

Lawsuit claims company didn’t clearly state addiction dangers of OxyContin

“The epidemic began not with an outbreak, but with a business plan,” Montana Attorney General Timothy Fox said in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Lewis and Clark County state court. The suit claims Purdue violated state laws on consumer protection and unfair trade practices by misrepresenting the likelihood that long-term use of its opioids, including its signature drug OxyContin, would lead to addiction.

.. Montana joins more than a dozen other states that have individually sued drug manufacturers and distributors, including New Hampshire, New Jersey, South Carolina, Missouri, New Mexico and Kentucky.

.. The suit seeks reimbursement for money the state spent on opioid treatments and addiction treatment through state Medicaid and other health plans.