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Drugmakers, distributors face deluge of opioid lawsuits in the US

Society is grappling with the economic impact of a prescription drug epidemic that has led to nearly 180,000 overdose deaths from 2000 to 2015


THE companies that manufacture and distribute highly addictive painkillers are facing a barrage of lawsuits for the toll their products have taken on communities across the country as the worst drug epidemic in US history continues to escalate.

Within the past year, at...