BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s law department has filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors over the marketing of addictive pain pills.

The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that the city names several drug makers and distributors as defendants. The city also named two doctors.

Baltimore claims the drug manufacturers have funded unscrupulous research that led to biased findings about the dangers of opioid pills and spread false information to doctors and consumers.

The city accuses distributors of failing to properly report suspicious pill orders as required under federal and Maryland law.

Since 2007, over 3,000 people have died of opioid overdoses in Baltimore.

The newspaper says representatives of the drug firms denied any wrongdoing. Several counties in Maryland and jurisdictions across the country have brought similar cases.

Information from: The Baltimore Sun,

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