1. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Hunter, Oklahoma Attorney General:
"Listen, the state's attitude about today is, we feel really good about the beginning of the case. We felt like in a very illustrative and compelling way during our opening, we established for the judge that there is a big picture here that Johnson & Johnson Janssen is in this up to their neck - this being a collaborative effort on the part of the industry, the industry being those who sold, marketed and misrepresented opioid analgesics."
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said on Tuesday "we feel really good about the beginning of the case" in the US's first state trial against the companies accused of fueling the opioid crisis.
Speaking outside court after the first day of the trial, Hunter said the state had made it clear to the judge that "Johnson & Johnson Janssen is in this up to their neck".
Earlier on Tuesday, Hunter told the judge that corporate greed is responsible for the opioid crisis that has cost Oklahoma thousands of lives and will take billions of dollars to repair.
Hunter opened the state's case against consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson and several subsidiaries by saying the powerful painkillers have led to the "worst manmade public health crisis" in U.S. history.
The state alleges drugmakers extensively marketed highly addictive opioids for years in a way that overstated their effectiveness and underplayed the risk of addiction.
Lawyers for Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson say the products the company manufactured were not just legal, but were heavily regulated.
Janssen attorney Larry Ottaway told the judge that the drugs are important because they can help people manage debilitating pain.