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More government agencies in Louisiana file suit against opioid companies

This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison) Patrick Sison

The Orleans Parish sheriff is preparing to file a lawsuit against drug makers as more government agencies across Louisiana join a growing national effort to win big damages over the costs that taxpayers have allegedly incurred as a result of the opioid crisis.

James M. Williams, an attorney with Chehardy Sherman Williams in Metairie, said he expected to file the lawsuit this month on behalf of Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman.

Meanwhile, a major Metairie-based treatment center, Addiction Recovery Resources, filed suit on Tuesday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.

The suit by the treatment center, which also has an office in New Orleans, “specifically targets the distributors of prescription opioids in Louisiana for knowingly exploiting chronic pain patients and their doctors with deceptive marketing schemes about the long-term use of opioid medications,” said Lawrence Centola, an attorney with Martzell, Bickford and Centola.

Not previously reported, Bossier Parish was the first parish to file suit in Louisiana, on Dec. 29.

More are likely to follow. “Every parish is going through the deliberative process of attorney selection and comparing information on totaling up the damages,” said Patrick Jackson, the parish attorney in Bossier Parish.

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