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La Crosse County joins opioid lawsuit

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La Crosse County (WXOW) -- La Crosse County will join a lawsuit against big pharma over the opioid drug crisis.

Thursday night, the La Crosse County Board voted to join more than 60 Wisconsin counties in the lawsuit.

La Crosse will be added to the lawsuit which is endorsed by the Wisconsin Counties Association. There is no cost for the county to join the lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks compensation for millions of dollars in costs of social services law enforcement and emergency care in response to the opioid epidemic. The legal action alleges that pharmaceutical drug makers and physicians pursued fraudulent marketing practices for prescription painkillers.

The lawsuit maintains that conduct contributed to the nationwide public health crisis.

La Crosse County, other Wisconsin counties and lawsuits in other states have been joined into one suit filed in a federal court in Ohio.

Some of the defendants in the lawsuit include Purdue Pharma, Teva Phamaceuticals and Johnson and Johnson.

The litigation also claims physicians were instrumental in promotion of opioids for sale and distribution.

827 people died of opioid overdose in Wisconsin in 2016.

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