Calveras County To Sue Opioid Manufacturers And Distributors

Calveras County To Sue Opioid Manufacturers And Distributors

Calaveras County is one of 30 California Counties suing opioid manufactures and distributors. The counties are joining forces with some 500 public entities across the U.S. The lawsuits, which will be filed in federal court in Ohio, seek to put an end to the opioid abuse epidemic and to recoup taxpayers’ money that has been spent providing social recourses in response to the crisis. The suits state that many of the nation’s largest drug manufacturers “misinformed doctors about the addictiveness and efficacy of opioids.” The lawsuits also assert that the nation’s largest drug distributors—“failed to monitor, identify and report ‘suspicious’ opioid shipments to pharmacies, in violation of the Federal Controlled Substances Act.” Other California counties in the law suit include: Sacramento, El Dorado and Tuolumne. Amador County is not part of this legal action. The counties are seeking reimbursement of the funds that “already have been spent responding to the opioid epidemic; for ongoing costs of continuing the fight, including emergency response, prevention, monitoring and treatment; and for relief from the widespread damage that the drug manufacturers and distributors have caused. More people die each year from drug overdoses in California than in any other state. The state’s overdose death rate has continued to climb, increasing by 30 percent a year.

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