Utah AG to probe drug companies

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) Utah joined a multi-state investigation Tuesday as a new tool in the war against the opioid epidemic.

The focus isn’t on illegal drug dealers, but on the legitimate companies that manufacture and distribute opioid pain pills.

The attorneys general from 41 states and territories served investigative subpoenas on a number of major pill making companies and distributors.

They are seeking documents and information to find out if these companies did anything illegal in the marketing, sale and distribution of their drugs.

In Utah there is almost a death every day from an opioid overdose. The attorneys general want to find ouf if the makers and distributors played a role in creating this epidemic.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says its part of the recently announced opioid task force. When that was formed he talked about how bad it is. “Some have called the heroin/opioid threat a plague of biblical proportions. Others have referenced it as a tidal wave, or epidemic or opidemic.”

The probe doesn’t mean the pill makers has done anything wrong, it’s just a way to make sure.

Critics of thje big drug companies have long accused them of pushing doctors into over prescribing these addictive pills.

They are so dangerous that some countries in Europe won’t allow their sale.

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