Greenville County sues pharmaceutical companies

MORE COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. GOOD EVENING. IT HAS KILLED MARCEL CAROLINIANS THEN ALL OF THE HOMICIDE YOU SEE HERE ON THE NEWS. NEW STATISTICS FOR THE CDC SHOW THE DRUG EPIDEMIC IS GETTING WORSE. MANY LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENTS ARE TRYING NEW WAYS TO ATTACK THIS PROBLEM. GREENVILLE COUNTY FILED A LAWSUIT YESTERDAY AGAINST A MAJOR PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES. ERYN ROGERS HAS A LOT MORE OF WHAT THEY HOPE THIS LAWSUIT WILL ACCOMPLISH. Reporter: GREENVILLE COUNTY LEADERS TELL ME, IN THE LAWSUIT, THEY ARE TARGETING PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES FOR OPIOID DRUGS. THEY SAY THEY ARE HOLDING EVERYONE RESPONSIBLE INCLUDING PHARMACIES, AND CELLS ARE PRESENTED AS. I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO IN MY MEDICATION WOULD COME EACH MONTH. Reporter: I SPOKE TO ANGELA IN THE FALL. SHE BECAME ADDICTED TO AN OPIOID AFTER HER DOCTOR PRESCRIBED A POWERFUL DRUG. SHE NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKING FOR HER CONDITION. RECOVERY EXPERTS SAY THERE ARE DOZENS OF OTHERS LIKE HER. HER CASE, SHE SAYS HER DOCTOR, AND THE DRUG COMPANY WERE WORKING TOGETHER. DETECTED PARENTS, GOOD SPOUSES, TURNED THEM INTO DRUG ADDICTS, JUST TO PUT MONEY IN THE POCKETS. Reporter: SHE FILED A LAWSUIT AND GREENVILLE COUNTY COUNCIL IS TRYING TO STAND UP FOR PEOPLE LIKE HER. WE CANNOT SEE — BE PASSIVE AND SEE THIS CRISIS EXPAND WITH ALL OF THE RIPPLE EFFECTS IT IS CAUSING. WE HAD SOMETHING THAT THE COUNCIL COULD DO. Reporter: THE COUNCIL FILED THIS LAWSUIT ON MONDAY. TARGETING BIG DRUG COMPANIES, PHARMACIES, AND SALES REPS. YOU CANNOT DENY THE FACT THAT THIS MARKET IS PUSHING THE PRESCRIBING A PAIN MEDICATION, CONTRIBUTED TO THE PROBLEM WE ARE FACED WITH. Reporter: GREENVILLE COUNTY, IN 2016, MORE THAN 720 DOSES OF NARCAN WERE GIVEN OUT TO PEOPLE OVERDOSING. PIERCING A TREND WITH THIS KIND OF STUFF. Reporter: A PROBLEM THAT IS ADDING UP. IS A CONSULATE FOR SUBSTANCE. Reporter: GREENVILLE IS JOINING THE STATE AND OTHER LOCAL COUNTIES ARE ALSO SUING, WANTING THE BIG DRUG COMPANIES TO PAY. IF THERE IS A SETTLEMENT, THEN GREENVILLE COUNTY WILL USE ITS PROCEEDS TO TREAT AND PREVENT SIMILAR TYPES OF ISSUES THAT INDIVIDUALS HAVE GOING FORWARD. TREATING A PREVENTION, DIG INTO THAT DEEPER FOR US. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN. IF THEY COULD WIN SOME MONEY FROM THE SUIT THEY WOULD PUMP IT INTO WHAT PROGRAMS? Reporter: IT WOULD GO TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT DO ALL OF THESE REHABILITATION PROGRAMS THE PHOENIX CENTER ALSO HAS THE DETOX CENTER. TREATMENTS LIKE THAT THAT WOULD PREVENT THOSE PROBLEMS FROM SPREADING SO LARGE, IN OUR COUNTY. I DO WANT TO MAKE NOTE OF THAT COUNTY IS NOT THE ONLY ONE. SPARTANBURG IS ALSO USING THE SAME ATTORNEY TO REPRESENT THEM IN THE LAWSUIT THEY FILED, AND

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