On May 16, Attorney General Josh Kaul, joined by Governor Tony Evers, made a major announcement regarding the opioid epidemic. Wisconsin has filed suit against two Purdue Pharma entities - Purdue Pharma LP and Purdue Pharma Inc., as well as Richard S. Sackler, for alleged deceptive market practices, deceptive marketing practices with respect to the sale of drugs, and public nuisance. Wisconsin is 1 of 5 states that has filed suit against Purdue Pharma entities. Four of those states have filed suit against at least one member of the Sackler family. "With these five states filing suit, I hope we are sending a clear message about the seriousness with which [Attorney Generals] and states around the country are taking these cases...because what our suits allege is that the opioid epidemic was not inevitable," AG Kaul said. The Wisconsin Department of Justice's complaint outlines the effects of the opioid crisis in Wisconsin including the rate of babies born addicted to opioids and other addictive drug quadrupling between 2006 and 2015, and losing 45,200 workers due to opioids between 1999 and 2015 costing the state approximately $37 billion in economic output.

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