AGs to investigate opioid marketing

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AGs to investigate opioid marketing

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General Thomas J Donovan, Jr, is working with a bipartisan coalition of a majority of Attorneys General from across the country in an ongoing investigation to evaluate whether manufacturers have engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing and sale of opioids. The Attorneys General are investigating what role the opioid manufacturers may have played in creating or prolonging this epidemic. The coalition of Attorneys General is using its investigative tools, including subpoenas for documents and testimony, to determine the appropriate course of action to address this opioid epidemic. Nationwide and in State of Vermont, opioids—prescription and illicit—are the main driver of drug overdose deaths. Opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths nationwide in 2015, and opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999.1 The Vermont Department of Health has reported that non-suicide opioid-related fatalities in Vermont increased from 75 in 2015 to 106 in 2016.2

Vermont Attorney General Donovan said, “the opioid crisis has been a top priority since my first day in office. I have long advocated for greater tools for prevention, intervention, treatment, and enforcement in addressing this crisis. Corporate accountability is equally important and I intend to continue with a thorough investigation in order to protect Vermonters.”

Vermont Attorney General Donovan also recognized that Vermont’s cities and towns are at the center of dealing with the opioid epidemic. Burlington City Mayor Miro Weinberger said, “The opioid epidemic may be one of the worst man-made public health epidemics in history. It is outrageous and tragic that state and local governments struggle to humanely treat and support the millions who have been devastated by the misuse of these prescription products while those who produce them amass great fortunes. Burlington supports the efforts of Attorney General Donovan to address this injustice. We will continue to show compassion towards Vermonters struggling with addiction, and ask everyone this crisis touches to do their part, large or small, in reducing its impact.”

1https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/statedeaths.html2http://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/ADAP_Data_Brief_Opioid_Related_Fatalities.pdf

Vermont AG: Jun 15, 2017