ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that the bipartisan coalition of attorneys general looking into the opioid epidemic is seeking documents and information from manufacturers of prescription opioids. This information will enable the attorneys general to evaluate whether manufacturers engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sale and distribution of opioids. Currently, there are 41 attorneys general participating in the multistate investigation.

“Between 1999 and 2015, more than 560,000 people in this country died due to drug overdoses – a death toll larger than the entire population of the city of Atlanta,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “Opioids are the prime contributor to this national emergency, and we are prepared to communicate with all industries to review, investigate and eliminate any practices that may have led to this epidemic. We owe it to Georgians to get to the bottom of this crisis, and we look forward to learning more on their behalf.”

The group of attorneys general served investigative subpoenas for documents and information to Endo, Janssen, Teva/Cephalon, Allergan and their related entities, as well as a supplemental Civil Investigative Demand to Purdue Pharma.