Gavel with drugs Drugmakers suchas Purdue Pharma LP and Johnson & Johnson that sell opioidpainkillers face hundreds of lawsuits filed by states, cities,counties, Native American tribes and labor unions. (Photo:Shutterstock)

President Donald Trump said Thursday he wants the U.S.government to sue pharmaceutical companies that manufacture opioids as part of his efforts tohalt an epidemic of drug addiction.

Trump said he'd like to bring a federal lawsuit, rather thanjust join existing litigation against the drugmakers.

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