CHICAGO, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- The city of Indianapolis in U.S. Midwest filed on Tuesday a federal lawsuit against some American and International opioid manufacturers and distributors, accusing them of failing to "identify, report and stop suspicious orders" of medications.
Among the defendants are Purdue Pharma, Teva, Janssen, Endo, Mallinckrodt, Allergan, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson, the Indianapolis Star reported.
In the lawsuit, local authorities said these companies were to blame for the city's burgeoning crisis of opioid abuse.
But several companies previously denied any wrongdoing and vowed to present their defense.
According to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 90 Americans die everyday after overdosing on opioids.
The misuse of and addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, has become a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare in the U.S.