Three Nebraska tribes join Ponca in opioid lawsuit

Three Nebraska tribes have joined the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska in attempting to hold the pharmaceutical industry responsible for the opioid problem in the U.S.

The Winnebago , Omaha and Santee Sioux Tribes filed suit Tuesday against Walgreens, CVS, Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and others.

“These claims arise out of the wrongful acts of the defendants … to manufacture, sell, distribute, divert or allow diversion, and otherwise flood the United States, including Indian Country, with dangerous, addictive drugs falsely represented as safe,” the suit says.

The cases are in federal court.

The suits are the latest among hundreds nationally .

Knox County filed a similar suit last month, along with the Ponca.