April 25, 2022 – The companies have denied the allegations, saying that they sold opioid medications that were prescribed by doctors. The defendants will make their opening statements in the case on Tuesday.

San Francisco has been hit hard by the opioid crisis, which has caused more than 500,000 overdose deaths nationwide in the past two decades, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

San Francisco County received more than 163 million prescription pain pills from 2006 to 2014, which amounts to 22 pills per resident per year, according to the city. Opioid-related health issues now account for 25% of emergency room visits at the city’s largest public hospital, according to the lawsuit. 


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