Alaska Attorney General sues opioid manufacturer

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Attorney General Kevin Clarkson filed a lawsuit Monday against opioid manufacturer Mallinckrodt PLC, Mallinckrodt LLC and SpecGX LLC - a Mallinckrodt subsidiary - as part of the state's ongoing efforts in battling Alaska's opioid crisis.

According to a press release from the Alaska Department of Law, the lawsuit alleges that for more than a decade, the opioid manufacturer engaged in deceptive marketing that minimized the risks of opioid, especially in regards to addiction.

Referring to the case, Attorney General Clarkson was quoted as saying, "It is no secret that Alaska has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, and we don't have time to lose. My office is dedicated to taking all appropriate steps to hold accountable those who violate the law and jeopardize our public health and safety."