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Syringes, pills and prescription bottles In more than 1,600 opioid lawsuits filed by U.S. cities and counties, most claims are being made under racketeering and conspiracy statutes as well as nuisance laws. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Determining who foots the bill for America’s growing opioid epidemic may depend on how well the state of Oklahoma deploys a high-risk legal strategy this week against Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

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