COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine held a press conference Wednesday to announce a new lawsuit against five of the largest drug manufactures during the opioid crisis.
During the press conference, which was held in Columbus, DeWine announced that Ohio has filed suit in Ross County against the drug makers, including Purdue Pharma, Endo Health Solutions, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Cephalon, and Allergan.
Attorney General DeWine claims that the drug companies down-played the risks and addiction hazards of prescription opiates. He alleges the companies mislead prescription drug users through journals, medical representatives, and other outlets. He said that the companies "knew what they were saying was wrong, but they did it anyway."
"Coroners in Ohio are struggling to keep up with the body count," DeWine said.
DeWine appeared alongside a mother that lost her daughter to a fatal opiate overdose. She
In 2016, there were 666 drug-related overdoses in Cuyahoga County, according to the medical examiner's office. DeWine said officials are projecting 800 fatal overdoses in Cuyahoga County for 2017.