Kentucky AG Beshear announces effort to combat opioid overdoses

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s Democratic attorney general has sued a pharmaceutical company he says directly contributed to more than 190 opioid overdose deaths in the state.

Andy Beshear filed a lawsuit Monday against Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions concerning the opioid prescription drug Opana ER.

The company announced in July it would stop selling the drug after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked the company to pull it from the market.

Beshear said removing the drug was an important step but said the company had already damaged Kentucky. He said the company specifically targeted military veterans when promoting the drug.

A spokesman for Endo Pharmaceuticals did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment. Beshear said this is one of many lawsuits he will file against what he called “rogue pharmaceutical companies.”

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