British Columbia sues pharmaceutical companies over opioid addiction

British Columbia launched a proposed class-action lawsuit on Wednesday 29 August against over 40 of pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies involved in the manufacture, distribution and wholesale of opioids.

The lawsuit alleges that companies downplayed the addiction risks of opioids when marketing them to doctors, thereby contributing to the current opioid crisis.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year, with the British Columbia province recording the highest death rate.

 

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Published 30. August 2018 in News Canada