Oct 1, 2015 10:43 AM

NH AG launches investigation of drug companies marketing painkillers


CONCORD - New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster is launching an investigation into a handful of pharmaceutical companies marketing prescription opioids in the state.

The question he is asking is whether drug companies deliberately minimize the risk of addiction from the long-term use of narcotic pain killers and exaggerate their benefits for treating chronic pain.

"What we really want to look into is what's led into what we see as a significant rise in prescribing habits," Foster said.

The investigation is expected to take months and possibly a year, he said.


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