According to Reuters, the father of a college football player who died of a drug overdose gave emotional testimony about the U.S. opioid epidemic’s personal cost.
Craig Box said that he never suspected his son was abusing painkillers until after he was found unconscious. Austin, the 22 year old football player, died later at the hospital.
The testimony is the second day of trial of a lawsuit by the state of Oklahoma accusing Johnson & Johnson of fueling the crisis.
It is also the first trial to result from around 2,000 lawsuits by state and local governments against opioid manufacturers.
J&J denies wrongdoing, arguing it properly marketed opioids and that the state cannot prove it caused the epidemic.
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