The province of British Columbia is taking action against the opioid drug industry.
Today, the province filed a class action lawsuit in the Supreme Court of BC against more than 40 opioid manufacturers and distributors.
In the filing, the government alleges that the companies intentionally decieved consumers and marketed their products knowing the health risks and consequences involved in their use.
According to the lawsuit, companies placed profit over the health of BC and as a result have not only contributed to an epidemic of addiction, but also cost the government and healthcare system millions.
On top of the lawsuit, the government also plans to introduce legislation similar to that placed on tobacco companies in the 90s.