Opioids A federal judge in Cleveland is overseeing suits filed by U.S. cities and counties seeking to recoup the costs of dealing with opioid addictions and overdoses as part of a settlement similar to the 1998 Big Tobacco accord. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The opioid epidemic just got more painful for Purdue Pharma LP and other makers of the pain-killing drugs as the U.S. government said it’ll seek reimbursement from the companies for tax dollars spent battling the public-health crisis.

The U.S. Justice Department said it’ll argue that it’s entitled to a portion of any settlements or judgments in a consolidated case involving more than 300 lawsuits against Purdue, Johnson & Johnson and other opioid makers and distributors.

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