Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station | BY MARGARET J. KRAUSS | 6.19.17

Roughly 3,900 Pennsylvanians died of opioid-related overdoses last year.

State Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa wants Pennsylvania to sue pharmaceutical companies for what he characterizes as deceptive marketing of opioids.

In a release, Costa said pharmaceutical companies have misled doctors and the public about the addictive nature of opioids as well as their side effects.

“A lot of folks are very concerned about what’s taking place along those lines, and want to make sure they position their states, or counties, or municipalities to be able to address this issue,” said Costa. “Because it’s really draining.”

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