Municipal opioids lawsuits moving quickly

PURDUE SUBSIDIARY: Pictured above is a sign for the Rhodes Technologies plant complex at 498 Washington St. in Coventry. Rhodes is a subsidiary of Purdue Pharma, maker of prescription painkiller OxyContin, which is the subject of multiple lawsuits nationwide taking the drug manufacturer to task for the current “opioid epidemic.”
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
PURDUE SUBSIDIARY: Pictured above is a sign for the Rhodes Technologies plant complex at 498 Washington St. in Coventry. Rhodes is a subsidiary of Purdue Pharma, maker of prescription painkiller OxyContin, which is the subject of multiple lawsuits nationwide taking the drug manufacturer to task for the current “opioid epidemic.”
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
While a lawsuit filed by Rhode Island is moving slowly, a proposed class-action lawsuit against opioid makers by cities and counties nationwide – including Providence – is expected to go to trial in Ohio in October. In June 2018, Providence became the first municipality in Rhode Island to file suit against opioid makers. In January,…

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