Arkansas enlists 5 firms to help probe opioid abuse in state

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' attorney general has signed a contract with five law firms to help investigate drug companies and prepare for potential legal action as the state seeks a remedy for its opioid abuse problem.Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Wednesday she retained Dover Dixon Horne PLLC in Little Rock and three out-of-state firms for the probe, which she says could last from several months to several years and could result in lawsuits against the drug manufacturers. The four out-of-state firms currently represent the states of Ohio, Louisiana and Mississippi in lawsuits against opioid manufacturers.

Under the contract, the firms won't be paid unless the state recovers money through a settlement or litigation.

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