California Counties Sue Drug Makers for Sparking Painkiller Epidemic

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Fox News reports, overdoses of prescription opiod painkillers have more than tripled in the past 20 years, killing more than 15,500 people in the United States in 2009. In response to the epidemic, two of California’s largest counties have filed a civil suit against five of the world’s largest painkiller manufactures. Attorneys for Santa Clara and Orange counties filed a complaint, naming Actavis, Endo Health Solutions Inc., Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ Cephalon Inc. as defendants.