AG Bondi Defends Decision Not To Join South Carolina Opioid Lawsuit

Aug 17, 2017
Originally published on August 16, 2017 4:11 pm

This week South Carolina decided to sue the maker OxyContin for deceptive marketing.

Florida isn’t joining the suit anytime soon, but Attorney General Pam Bondi says she’s pursuing the issue as part of a bipartisan executive working group.

“As the attorney general of the state of Florida," Bondi says, "being on this small working group, I can obtain documents much faster than anyone else will be able to who’s already sued.”

The group’s investigation could support legal action in the future.  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, South Carolina saw 11.4 opioid overdose deaths per 100,000 in 2015 adjusted for age.  In Florida the rate is slightly lower—at 9.4.

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