Oklahoma attorney general sets announcement on opioid suit

3 years 8 months 1 week ago Monday, March 25 2019 Mar 25, 2019 March 25, 2019 11:51 PM March 25, 2019 in News - AP National

By Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says he will announce a "breaking development" in the state's lawsuit against the nation's leading manufacturers of opioid pain medications.

Hunter said in a statement that he will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Tulsa, but gave no further details.

The move comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court Monday denied a request from drugmakers to postpone the start of what is expected to be the first state trial in lawsuits accusing the companies of fueling an opioid epidemic.

Oklahoma sued 13 opioid manufacturers in 2017, alleging they fraudulently engaged in marketing campaigns that led to thousands of overdose addictions and deaths.

State officials have said that since 2009, more Oklahoma residents have died from opioid-related deaths than in vehicle crashes.

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