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Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million in Opioid Litigation

For years, the number of people becoming addicted to opioid-based pharmaceuticals has rapidly increased. People who are chronic users of opioid drugs can experience severe side effects and are at a greater risk of overdose related death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that opioids account for 68% all drug overdose deaths, and in 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency for America’s opioid epidemic. Several states, individuals, and other government divisions have filed lawsuits against various entities involved in the creation and sale of prescription, opioid-based painkillers.

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