Testimony about death of former OU linebacker kicks off testimony in Day 2 of opioid trial

By Randy EllisStaff writerrellis@oklahoman.comNORMAN − Enid attorney Craig Box testified about the joyful life and tragic death of his OU linebacker son Wednesday as testimony resumed here in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit in which the state has accused Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries of creating a public nuisance through the deceptive marketing of powerful opioid painkillers.
Box testified that his son, Austin Box, suffered several painful injuries while playing football for the University of Oklahoma, including a herniated disc during his last year as a player.
But the father said he didn't know his son had turned to taking opioid drugs until they were found in his system following his sudden unexpected death in 2011.
"We never suspected anything," Box said, adding that his son must have been getting the prescription drugs "from the streets.Read more on NewsOK.com

By Randy Ellis
Staff writer
rellis@oklahoman.com

NORMAN − Enid attorney Craig Box testified about the joyful life and tragic death of his OU linebacker son Wednesday as testimony resumed here in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit in which the state has accused Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries of creating a public nuisance through the deceptive marketing of powerful opioid painkillers.

Box testified that his son, Austin Box, suffered several painful injuries while playing football for the University of Oklahoma, including a herniated disc during his last year as a player.

But the father said he didn't know his son had turned to taking opioid drugs until they were found in his system following his sudden unexpected death in 2011.

"We never suspected anything," Box said, adding that his son must have been getting the prescription drugs "from the streets.
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