NC Attorney General Announces Ongoing Investigation into Role of Prescription Painkiller Manufacturers in Opioid Crisis
Nationwide and in North Carolina, opioids—prescription and illicit—are the main driver of drug overdose death
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced today that he is working with a bipartisan coalition of state Attorneys General from all across the country in an ongoing investigation to evaluate whether manufacturers have engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing and sale of opioids.
Stein stresses the fact that nationwide and in North Carolina, opioids—prescription and illicit—are the main driver of drug overdose deaths.
"Confronting the opioid crisis is one of my top priorities," said Attorney General Stein. "Since I took office in January, I have been working to raise awareness, learn about and share community efforts, and promote legislative action to confront the crisis – including the STOP Act, which passed the Senate Health Care Committee today. A comprehensive approach to addressing this crisis must include a review of what role opioid manufacturers may have played in creating or prolonging this crisis."
The coalition of state Attorneys General is using its investigative tools, including subpoenas for documents and testimony, to determine the appropriate course of action to address this opioid epidemic.
Though the coalition is not identifying any specific targets of its investigation at this time, Attorney General Stein says that he wants to assure North Carolinians that he is actively taking steps to help address this opioid epidemic statewide.