Cities Sue Opioid Manufacturers Over A 'Pattern Of Racketeering'

Modesto Morganelli
Dicembre 20, 2017

Nine cities and counties from across MI are taking drug companies to court. History has shown abuse of pain pills has led to abuse of drugs such as heroin. A federal lawsuit is being filed against drugmakers, distributors and retailers in response to the opioid epidemic.

The suit alleges racketeering, aggressive over promotion, fraudulent claims regarding the safety of prescription opioids and reckless production and distribution of these highly addictive, risky substances in the name of soaring profits, amounting to billions of dollars.

About 175 Americans die every day from opioid use.

"It's not that we want to profit from litigation, we want to stop it through litigation", said Mark Hackel, Macomb County executive, according to Detroit Free Press.

"In addition to the tragic loss of life, counties and cities across MI have sustained significant costs for providing additional medical care, rehabilitation and treatment for those suffering addiction, dependence, overdose and death; increased law enforcement and public safety personnel; and treatment, care or foster placement for minors suffering from parental addictions", a statement from the group reads.

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