Biddeford joins lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies

ERIN? ERIN: JIM BENNETT SAYS THE GOAL OF THIS LAWSUIT IS TWO-FOLD. TO CHANGE BEHAVIOR OF BOTH MANUFACTURERS AND PRESCRIBERS AND TO RECOUP SOME OF THE MASSIVE COSTS OF FIGHTING THIS EPIDEMIC. >> THIS CRISIS IS IMPACTING EVERY KIND OF INDIVIDUAL. ERIN: IT AN EPIDEMIC IMPACTING THOSE OF ALL AGES AND SOCIOECONOMICS. AND ONE CITY MANAGER JIM BENNETT SAID HAS HIT THE CITY OF BIDDEFORD PARTICULARLY HARD. >> WE’VE SEEN THINGS, IMPACTS, SUCH AS OBVIOUSLY WITHIN THE FIRE RESCUE DIVISION, CERTAINLY WITHIN LAW ENFORCEMENT. ERIN: BUT HE SAYS THAT WHY AND HOW THE CRISIS IS IMPACTS EACH CITY AND TOWN IS DIFFERENT. CLACKS — >> EACH COMMUNITY HAS ITS OWN SET OF DYNAMICS AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT SOME OF IT COULD BE AS SIMPLE AS WHAT WAS THE PREFERRED WAY TO DEAL WITH PAIN MITIGATION BY THE PARTICULAR HEALTH INSTITUTION THAT ARE IN THE AREA. AND IT CAN BE THAT SIMPLE. ERIN: ADDING THAT ALTHOUGH THE STATES HAVE HAD SOME COSTS, THE REAL PRICE HAS BEEN FOR INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITIES. >> THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY HAS MADE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON THIS PRODUCT. IT SHOULDN’T BE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MOMS AND POPS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST STRUGGLING TO PAY THEIR PROPERTY TAXES. ERIN: THERE ARE ALREADY A HANDFUL OF OTHER MAINE CITIES ALSO SUING PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES INCLUDING PORTLAND, LEWISTON, AND BANGOR. THE CITY MANAGER SAYS THIS WILL LIKELY BE A LONG PROCESS BUT ONE

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