Fighting the Opioid Wars in Court

May 28, 2018
University of Illinois College of Law's Verity Winship
University of Illinois College of Law

Widespread addiction, often starting with legal prescription drugs, has caused a national emergency. 

What can courts do about this crisis?  What are the possibilities – and limits – when Big Pharma is taken to court? 

Cities, counties and states across the country have sued the manufacturers and distributors of opioids. Verity Winship takes you into the courtroom in one battle in the opioid wars – In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation.  One hearing.  One judge.  Two hundred lawsuits.  Countless lives.