A court in Oklahoma has found that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the U.S. state’s opioid crisis and has ordered the company to pay $572 million. British Columbia also filed a proposed class-action lawsuit a year ago against dozens of pharmaceutical companies alleging the companies falsely marketed opioids as less addictive than other pain drugs and played a role in the province’s overdose crisis.
UBC experts are available to comment:
- Medical-legal issues, emergency medicine (prior to attending medical school, Dr. Curry obtained a law degree from UBC)
- Public health and substance use, with a focus on improving access to care for those with individual and structural vulnerabilities