Opioid drugmakers sued over rising health insurance costs

A new wave of lawsuits is accusing companies that produce and distribute opioids of increasing health insurance costs across the country.

In five proposed class action lawsuits filed Wednesday, plaintiffs say the addiction resulting from the over-prescribing of opioids caused residents and businesses in each of the states – California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York – to pay more in health insurance costs.

Tom Kayes