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Opioid pills Lawyers for the state of Oklahoma claim that Johnson & Johnson’s oversupply of the prescription painkillers led to massive addictions and deaths. (Photo: Kimberly Boyles/Shutterstock.com)

The first trial over the opioid crisis opened May 28, with lawyers for the state of Oklahoma asking a judge to rule that Johnson & Johnson should fund a $13 billion abatement program.

Four lawyers for the state, including Attorney General Mike Hunter, told Cleveland County District Court Judge Thad Balkman in an opening statement that Johnson & Johnson’s oversupply of the prescription painkillers led to massive addictions and deaths, according to coverage of the trial in Norman, Okla., provided by Courtroom View Network. Pursuing a single claim of public nuisance, the state is seeking monetary damages to provide treatment and other programs.

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