City of Boise Launches Suit Against Big Pharma Over Opioid Crisis 

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Officials with the City of Boise announced Thursday that they would join the growing list of governmental entities that are suing pharmaceutical companies for their role in the nation's opioid crisis.

“In all likelihood, you know someone struggling with opioid addiction—a co-worker, a friend, a family member," said Mayor David Bieter, announcing that the city would file suit in U.S. District Court, alleging that 20 companies had "escalated" the national and local opioid crises. "It’s time we look to those profiting from this misfortune and hold them accountable for what they have caused.”

Joining Bieter in Thursday's announcement was Scott Fischer, whose 19-year-old son died of a heroin overdose in September after becoming addicted to prescription opioids.

“My son, like too many other children in the Treasure Valley, fell victim to a drug that had become far too easy to find,” said Fischer. “Our children are dying from an epidemic that started in our own medicine cabinets. It’s time to fight back in every way possible.”

Officials said that in Boise, one opioid death was reported in 2013; in 2017 there were 110. The suit points to a statewide 41 percent jump in opioid prescriptions between 2009 and 2015. It also alleges that pharmaceutical companies "promote opioids to treat chronic health issues while downplaying the risk of addiction," and "deceive doctors about health risks associated with opioid products."

You can read the full complaint below:
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