Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul's office is suing several pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis in Illinois.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, is against companies like Johnson and Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and others.

It alleges the companies engaged in deceptive marketing practices that contributed to the opioid epidemic. That's according to Attorney General spokesperson Annie Thompson who also spoke about the goal of the suits.

Thompson says the suit also alleges that distributors Mckesson, Cardinal Health and others failed to look into suspicious orders of opiates like hydrocodone and morphine.

Meanwhile, the announcement of the new suits comes as OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma announced it has reached a tentative settlement with around half of the U.S. states and over 2,000 local governments that have sued the company for its role in the opioid epidemic.

Raoul filed a suit in April against that company.

Purdue Pharma and related suits had been joined by numerous local entities, including Kendall County and LaSalle County.