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Lawsuit filed against pharmaceutical companies over newborns addicted to opioids

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A Class Action lawsuit was filed Wednesday in East St. Louis suing several pharmaceutical companies for their manufacturing of opioids. (Credit: KMOV) A Class Action lawsuit was filed Wednesday in East St. Louis suing several pharmaceutical companies for their manufacturing of opioids. (Credit: KMOV)
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

A Class Action lawsuit was filed Wednesday in East St. Louis suing several pharmaceutical companies for their manufacturing of opioids

The lawsuit blames the manufacturing of this prescription drug for leading to several babies being born addicted to opioids.

Within the lawsuit, details highlight one child born in March 2017. The baby’s mother was prescribed opioids for a broken ankle.

This prescription lead to an addiction to opioids and then heroin, according to the lawsuit.

The woman’s baby was born March 2017 at Alton Memorial Hospital with opioid withdrawals including excessive crying, refusing to feed, tremors and seizures. The condition is known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

Illinois Majority Senate Leader James Clayborne is backing this lawsuit.

“Healthy babies spend 1-2 days in the hospital, these babies, innocent victims, spend at least 28 days in the hospital for treatment,” said St. Sen. James Clayborne Jr.

Clayborne says the goal of this lawsuit is to hold the pharmaceutical companies responsible for the treatment and recovery of these babies.

He does not want taxpayers to take on the treatment bills for these incidents.

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