White Earth Nation Sues Drug Companies Over Opioid Crisis
James Allen | May 16, 2019 AT 5:44 am
The White Earth Nation has filed a federal lawsuit accusing several drug companies of fueling the opioid crisis.
The tribe claims that the companies use false, deceptive and unfair practices to market the drugs.
The complaint says the drugs have created a "climate of fear" among residents in the White Earth community where opioid abuse and addiction are prevalent.
Allegations include racketeering, negligence and fraud.
In 2011, the tribal council declared a public health emergency on its reservation in response to the opioid epidemic.