HOUSTON – Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan said Wednesday he has filed a lawsuit in Harris County District Court against drugmakers, distributors, four doctors and a pharmacist over the nation’s opioid epidemic.
Ryan said that the those named in the lawsuit put profits above the public good when advertising and prescribing the powerful painkillers. He said lies, half-truths and deception were used to foster the use of the drugs.
The doctors named in the lawsuit have already had criminal charges filed against them, Ryan said.
Ryan said the lawsuit is seeking to prevent the group named in the lawsuit from selling opioids. He said it also seeks monetary damages and fines to be assessed.
Other defendants could be added as the county’s investigation continue, Ryan said.