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Attorney General Ken Paxton announces consumer protection lawsuit against Purdue Pharma

(Photo: Office of the Attorney General of Texas via MGN Online)

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton made a 'major' announcement about the state's effort to combat the opioid crisis on Tuesday.

His office is suing drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma for “violation of Texas deceptive trade practices act,” accusing it of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths.

"My office is holding Purdue Pharma accountable for fueling the nation's opiod epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers including OxyContin when it knew their drugs were potentially dangerous and that its use had a high likelihood of leading to addiction," he said.

This story will be updated.

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