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Oxycontin Maker to Stop Marketing Opioid Drugs to Doctors

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Opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma announced it will stop marketing oxycontin to doctors.

This comes after at least 14 states sued the privately-held company, accusing it of pushing addictive painkillers through deceptive marketing.

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper has been part of a national task force on opioids. 

She said pharmaceutical manufacturers misled doctors and patients into believing opioid painkillers were not addictive. 

That's one of the reasons the county is part of a class action lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Dahlkemper said this is a step in the right direction.

"I think that these drug companies have to own up to their responsibility in this epidemic," said Dahlkemper. "By the action that they're taking now, I think they see that they were wrong."

The next step in the lawsuit is for the county to file, according to Dahlkemper.

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