DOJ Joins Wave Of Lawsuits Against Opioid Makers

On Tuesday, the Justice Department joined an escalating effort to squeeze money from companies who made the prescription painkillers that fueled America's opioid crisis. The DOJ said it would back lawsuits by hundreds of cities, states and other local governments that accuse the manufacturers of fooling the public into thinking the drugs were safe. The support comes in the form of a "statement of interest" ─ a brief from the Justice Department that will outline what the crisis has cost the federal government. One federal Medicare program paid out more than $4 billion in opioid-related costs in 2016.

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