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Ohio attorney general sues five drug companies related to opioid crisis

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A used needle sits on the ground in a park in Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S., May 30, 2017, where individuals were arrested earlier in the day during raids to break up heroin and fentanyl drug rings in the region, according to law enforcement officials. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
By Chris Kenning

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said on Wednesday that his office sued five drug manufacturers, accusing them of misrepresenting the risks of prescription opioid painkillers, helping fuel a drug addiction epidemic.

The suit by Ohio came amid a growing number of lawsuits by state and local governments against drugmakers and distributors seeking to hold them accountable for the opioid crisis.

(Reporting by Chris Kenning; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)