States, cities, counties and other public entities have filed well over 100 opioid-related lawsuits.
Most government lawsuits have targeted similar groups of large pharmaceutical companies and opioid manufacturers. At least 40 different lawsuits have been filed against Purdue Pharma, which makes the prescription opioid OxyContin. Some lawsuits have also named drug distribution companies and state pharmacy boards.
The following map shows a partial list of government lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic, with most filed in 2017.
Sources: State court records, information provided by attorneys, news reports
Last updated: Nov. 10, 2017
The charges stem from more than 350,000 illegal prescriptions written by 60 medical professionals -- 31 doctors, seven pharmacists eight nurse practitioners and seven other licensed professionals -- across Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama and West Virginia.
After securing a hefty financial settlement from Purdue Pharma last month, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is training the state’s legal armaments on a much bigger pharmaceutical player: Johnson & Johnson.