Drug-makers seek info on millions of Ohioans in opioid lawsuits


The drug companies that Ohio officials blame for fueling the state’s opioid epidemic are demanding highly personal information about its victims.

As part of the state’s litigation against companies such as Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and others, the companies want:

‒ Ten years’ worth of medical records and the criminal histories of any Ohioan the state contends was harmed by the drugmakers.

‒ The names of every Ohioan whose addiction can be traced to the companies’ allegedly illegal practices over the past decade.

‒ The names, addresses and Social Security numbers of every Ohioan who submitted a claim to state-funded insurers to cover opioids for chronic pain since 2010.