Bucks County to sue Big Pharma over opioid crisis

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Bucks County officials said in a news release that 232 people died of overdoses in Bucks last year, “an 89 percent increase over the last two years.” They said the costs of the opioid epidemic “have left the county strapped on many fronts,” including hiring new employees at the county coroner’s office, creating a “drug strike force,” and funding a $20 million prison expansion and an additional $4 million to house local inmates in other prisons.

The lawsuit says manufacturers “misled the public about the dangers of prescription opioids,”  and the distributors “disregarded their obligation to monitor distribution and halt any ‘suspicious sales’ to protect the community from an exorbitant flood of opioids,” according to the release.

Since neighboring Delaware County became to sue pharmaceutical companies over the local costs of the opioid crisis last year, other municipalities have taken similar action: Philadelphia has two separate cases in the courts, filed by the District Attorney’s Office and the City Solicitor’s Office; and last August, Bensalem, in Bucks County, became manufacturers.

 

Published: May 29, 2018 — 3:19 PM EDT | Updated: May 29, 2018 — 4:44 PM EDT
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