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VOL. 133 | NO. 67 | Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Every Arkansas County Part of Lawsuit Against Opioid Makers

The Associated Press

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Pulaski County has agreed to join a lawsuit seeking relief from dozens of opioid manufacturers, and the addition of the lone holdout means every Arkansas county is now involved in the legal fight.

The lawsuit was originally filed March 15 in Crittenden County Circuit Court.

More than 50 drug manufacturers are named as defendants. The counties claim the companies concealed or misrepresented the harmful and addictive properties of the medications they made, causing Arkansans to suffer.

The plaintiffs argue that the manufacturers, retailers, prescribers and distributors of the drugs should pay for treatment.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Pulaski County is still retaining two law firms to pursue its own case against people and companies that marketed, prescribed or sold prescription drugs containing opioids.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, www.arkansasonline.com

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 20 283 9,885
MORTGAGES 43 289 10,905
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 12 1,301
BUILDING PERMITS 184 868 21,825
BANKRUPTCIES 0 256 6,219
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 112 4,051
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 23 108 3,000
MARRIAGE LICENSES 14 85 2,106