County eyes joining lawsuit over opioids

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October 9, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Allen County commissioners passed a resolution on Tuesday morning authorizing the county to employ a law firm on their behalf in potential litigation against contributors of the opioid addiction crisis. 

Back in August, an Oklahoma judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for using deceptive marketing which contributed to the state’s opioid crisis. Purdue Pharma, the makers of Oxycontin, also agreed to pay Oklahoma $270 million in a settlement, and reached an agreement weeks ago to pay over $3 billion to several states and cities around the country.

Oklahoma had originally sued for $17.5 billion but the results of the suit opened the door for potential lawsuits from cities, counties and states. 

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