Parkland Leading Group of Texas Hospitals in Suing Drug Companies Over Opioid Epidemic

Dallas County's Parkland Health & Hospital System is among 29 Texas-based hospitals suing a host of drug companies, accusing them of creating an epidemic that has burdened health care systems with the steep costs of treating patients with opioid-related conditions.

The civil lawsuit is the first of its kind in Texas, and Parkland has led the charge, said attorney Darren Nicholson, who along with Warren Burns is leading representation for the hospitals.

The lawsuit, which will be filed in Dallas County, accuses over 40 opioid manufacturers, distributors and retailers — including Johnson & Johnson, Purdue Pharma, McKesson Corp. and Abbott Laboratories — of negligence, fraud and civil conspiracy.

Read more from NBC 5's media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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