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Framingham sues drug makers, distributors over opioid epidemic

December 24, 2018 / Jim Haddadin

City officials are pressing their case against drug makers and distributors for what they describe as reckless conduct that fueled the nation’s opioid epidemic. A pair of law firms representing the city recently filed a lawsuit in Middlesex Superior Court seeking damages from a range of major corporations involved in the production and sale of opioid drugs. The suit, filed Dec. 5, names as defendants pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, as well as some individual board members and executives of the companies. It alleges they engaged in deceptive marketing and allowed the community to become saturated with painkillers, precipitating a deadly public health crisis.