State attorneys general investigate manufacturers' role in opioid crisis
About half of all opioid overdoses involve prescription drugs, CDC says
A broad coalition of state attorneys general from across the country has partnered on a bipartisan committee to look into the marketing and sales practices of opioid manufacturers.
The aim is to investigate what role manufacturers may have played in contributing to the opioid epidemic.
Drugs kill more than guns or car accidents
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 33,000 lives were lost to opioid overdose in 2015, nearly half of those involving a prescription opioid. In fact, three of four new heroin users start with legal narcotics, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone. These legal painkillers are chemically similar to or derived from the poppy plant, like heroin.