Jefferson County one of the leaders in nationwide opioid litigation

13 NEWS. EUNICE: JEFFERSON COUNTY IS ONE
OF THE LEADERS IN A NATIONWIDE
EFFORT TO HOLD PHARMACEUTICAL
COMPANIES ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE
OVERVIEW AND EPIDEMIC. IAN: SARAH KILLIAN IS LIVE IN
BIRMINGHAM TO EXPLAIN. SARAH: DURANT 2000 CITIES AND
COUNTIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE
FILED LAWSUITS AGAINST
PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES WHO
MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTE
OPIOIDS. IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, ONE OF
THOSE THAT HAVE FILED LAWSUITS,
RECENTLY, ALL THOSE LOSSES
NARROWED DOWN TO ONE SINGLE
NEGOTIATING CLASS. JEFFERSON COUNTY WAS SELECTED TO
BE PART OF THAT NEGOTIATING
CLASS. THE COUNTY ATTORNEY SAID THAT
JEFFERSON COUNTY IS ONE OF 49
MUNICIPALITIES SELECTED TO BE
PART OF THAT NEGOTIATING CLASS. HE SAID THE COURTS MADE THAT
DECISION BECAUSE JEFFERSON
COUNTY IS A GOOD REPRESENTATION
OF HOW THE OPIOID CRISIS HAS
AFFECTED COMMUNITIES. IN A TENURE TIME, OPIOID DEATHS
IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ROSE MORE
THAN ORDERED 50%. JEFFERSON COUNTY, LIKE MANY
OTHER MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS THE
COUNTRY, THINK THAT THESE DR
COMPANIES ARE TO BLAME FOR THIS
EPIDEMIC. >> FOR MANY YEARS, WE’VE
SUFFERED SOME OF THE SAME
ADDICTION ISSUES, PARTICULARLY
FROM A FINANCIAL ASPECT THAT
OTHER CITIES AND COUNTIES HAVE
EXPERIENCED. WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IS
JUSTICE AND SOME REIMBURSEMENT
FOR THE CITIZENS AND POSSIBLY
SO REHABILITATION, THOSE KINDS
OF THINGS. SARAH: NEXT MONTH, A FIRST TRIAL
FROM THE OPIOID LAWSUITS
EXPECTED TO HAPPEN IN OHIO. IT’S GOING TO BE A
GROUNDBREAKING TRIAL AND COUNTY
ATTORNEY THE LAWSON TELLS ME
THIS WILL GIVE THEM A BETTER
IDEA OF WHAT JEFFERSON COUNTY
COULD TH

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