Lawsuit by 3 Madison County men says opioid manufacturers targeted veterans

A lawsuit filed in Madison County circuit court last week by three Metro East veterans says major drug companies concealed the dangers of opioid painkillers and targeted veterans.

The lawsuit mirrors those filed elsewhere by governments and individuals, including suits filed by the city of St. Louis and St. Charles County seeking compensation for the ills of opioid abuse, and comes amid a widespread re-examination of opioid prescription practices and abuse. Other suits have claimed the companies ignored their responsibilities of preventing the abuse of the drugs.