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April 2, 2019

Rochester joins suit against opioid manufacturers

The City of Rochester is joining a class action lawsuit against drug manufacturers for their role in the nation’s opioid epidemic.

The city council approved without comment Monday a motion to retain the law firm of Chicago-based Keller Lenkner to handle litigation against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, along with other drugmakers. Hundreds of cities, counties and states are suing the pharmaceutical companies for pushing the use of opioids despite being aware of the high risks of abuse.