Judge Refuses to Label Opioid Manufacturers as ‘Drug Dealers’

Eighth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge John D. McAfee has refused a move by prosecutors to label the manufacturers of opiates as drug dealers, Knoxnews reports. Fourteen prosecutors representing 47 counties in Middle and East Tennessee last year filed lawsuits against opioid makers, including OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, and distributors under the Tennessee Drug Dealer Liability Act. In his ruling McAfee pointed out that despite their marketing practices, opioid manufacturers are making a legal and FDA-approved product.
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