May 31, 2017 - Health

Ohio sues five opioid manufacturers

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Ohio's attorney general filed suit against five manufacturers of opioids, claiming they violated state laws and committed Medicaid fraud in their marketing of medications, per CNBC.

What Ohio wants: An injunction to prevent further "glossy" marketing of opioids, damages repaid for the state's continued response to the crisis, and some sort of reparations paid to opioid consumers.

By the numbers: Almost 20% of Ohio's population was prescribed an opioid at some point last year.

Why it matters: Ohio is the second state (after Mississippi) to sue opioid makers, and it increases the odds that drug manufacturers could face more lawsuits over their role in the opioid crisis.

Go deeper