Cape May County has become the latest government to sue the pharmaceutical manufacturers of opioid medication.
The lawsuit was filed in Superior Court on Thursday, July 5th.
In the lawsuit, the County says that a misleading advertising campaign convinces doctors, patients and others that the benefits outweigh the risks in using opioid medication.
The County also says that the drug companies know that long-term use of opioid medication can cause addiction, but they attempted to minimize the risks.
Cape May County officials say that in 2017, 206 people in the county overdosed on opioids and 33 of those individuals died.
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