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Nassau County on Monday sued nearly two dozen pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors and doctors to recoup taxpayer-funded costs of fighting the opioid epidemic.

In a complaint filed in State Supreme Court in Mineola, lawyers for the county argued that the defendants engaged in a “sophisticated and highly deceptive and unfair marketing campaign” that aimed to expand the use of highly addictive prescription painkillers from short-term, post-surgical cases to everyday treatments.

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