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Pharmaceutical companies sued for alleged role in opioid epidemic

Luzerne County's opioid related deaths keep rising

LUZERNE COUNTY, Pa. - Luzerne County has slapped lawsuits against more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies for their alleged role in the opioid epidemic.

The suit alleges that they aggressively persuaded doctors to prescribe highly addictive opioids to patients for profit.

Those patients claim they turned into addicts.

Luzerne's opioid deaths climbed from 67 in 2013 to 140 in 2016 which is above the statewide average.

The suit says costs for damages should include expenses incurred for medical care, rehabilitation, law enforcement and public safety.

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