In local news:

Governor John Bel Edwards’ administration is planning to sue pharmaceutical companies for misleading marketing practices that it says contributed to Louisiana’s opioid crisis and the human and financial costs therein. The lawsuit, filed in the 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge Parish, alleges that the drug companies engaged in fraudulent marketing regarding the risks and benefits of prescription opioids and seeks damages for the amounts the state paid for excessive opioid prescriptions and treatment. Louisiana joins dozens of other cities, counties and states that have filed similar lawsuits in response to the alarming number of cases of opioid addiction and opioid-related deaths throughout the country. Lawsuits were also filed last week by local sheriff’s offices in Avoyelles, Lafayette, Jefferson Davis and Rapides Parishes.

Read the full statement from Edwards’ office here. Further coverage from here.

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