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Tennessee Counties Slap Big Pharma with Lawsuit over Opioid Epidemic Costs

Three Tennessee judicial districts on Tuesday announced a legal effort to make the drugmakers who supplied the opiates that addicted millions - Big Pharma - pay for the epidemic their drugs created.

Prosecutors in three judicial districts in upper East Tennessee announced Tuesday morning the filing of a lawsuit in Sullivan County Circuit Court against opioid drugmakers Purdue Pharma, Mallinckrodt and Endo.

Tennessee has more opiate addicts per capita than every state in the nation except West Virginia. Sullivan County is considered an epicenter, so much so its law enforcement agencies snared their own reality television shows.

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