By Randy Ellis
NORMAN − Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter blamed Johnson & Johnson and its affiliates for helping cause the "worst man-made public health crisis in the history of our country" Tuesday as he delivered his opening statement in a trial where the state is seeking to have the opioid manufacturer's actions declared a public nuisance.
"Greed" was the motive, Hunter said.
Attorneys for the state said they will be asking Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman to order the company to pay billions of dollars to abate the resulting addiction and overdose death problem.
"If you oversupply, people will die," attorney Brad Beckworth said in a continuation of the state's opening statements.
Beckworth said Johnson & Johnson and other opioid manufacturers did just that, flooding Cleveland County with the equivalent of 135 opioid pills for every adult in the county.
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