Opioids in Open Court

A landmark trial beginning today in Oklahoma will delve into the origins of the opioid crisis that’s killing 130 people a day, Politico reports.

The case could set a precedent for major payouts from Big Pharma as dozens of other opioid cases make their way through courts across the US—alleging that aggressive marketing misleading claims about opioid medications sparked the opioid crisis.

Set to be broadcast online, the high-profile Oklahoma suit will proceed against the only remaining defendant—Johnson & Johnson—after Purdue Pharma and Teva Pharmaceuticals settled for $270 million and $85 million, respectively, NPR reports.

A larger federal litigation involving over 1,000 lawsuits is set to begin in October in Ohio, which has seen some of the highest overdose increases on record. In one jurisdiction involved in the suit—Summit County—taxpayers have shelled out some $70 million to tackle the crisis.

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