Onslow Co., Jacksonville to sue pharmaceutical companies over opioid crisis

AGENCIES ARE SEEING THE IMPACT OF THE OPIOD CRISIS. THIS INCLUDES WORKERS IN HOSPITALS…EMERGENCY SERVICES…AND LAW ENFORCEMENT NOW A CITY AND COUNTY ARE FIGHTING BACK WITH A LAWSUIT. THE LAWSUIT TARGETS DRUG MANUFACTURERS. WNCT’S ELIZABETH TEW HAS THE DETAILS. :17-:23 :48-:53 FIGHTING BACK, THAT’S WHAT BOTH THE CITY AND COUNTY ARE DOING IN THESE LAWSUITS. LEADERS SAY DRUG MANUFACTURERS MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS EPIDEMIC. ONSLOW COUNTY RANKS 12TH IN THE NATION FOR OPIOID ABUSE. AND IT’S A COSTLY EPIDEMIC. BOTH IN THE COUNTY.. I would estimate that it’s between 5 and 7 million dollars annually of an impact. And I think I’m being very conservative. AND IN THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE. “in 2016 the Jacksonville police department spent over 16,000 hours that’s the equivalent of 8 full time officers in the course of a year doing nothing but dealing with mental health and substance abuse. THE LAWSUITS SEEK REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE MONEY SPENT. IT’S BEING HANDLED BY A NATIONAL LAW FIRM. AND ALLEGES OPIOID MANUFACTURERS FAILED TO FOLLOW FEDERAL GUIDELINES. “what the lawyers have found is that they haven’t met those guidelines. They’re supposed to have parameters and matrix that show are the number of pills going to this particular community in line with the community of that size.” ACCORDING TO DHHS, IN THE LAST 17 YEARS, MORE THAN 12 THOUSAND NORTH CAROLINIANS DIED FROM OPIOID RELATED OVERDOSES. LOCALLY, 8 PRESCRIPTIONS WERE DISPENSED FOR EVERY 10 RESIDENTS IN ONSLOW COUNTY. NO TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE BEING USED IN THIS FIGHT. AND THERE’S NO RISK TO THE COUNTY OR CITY IF THEY LOSE. Onslow county is committed to the long term and this lawsuit, should we prevail, will be that funding vehicle for us. LAWYERS WOULD RECEIVE 30 PERCENT OF ANY MONEY WON. BOTH ENTITIES HOPE TO FILE THEIR LAWSUITS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. SIG OUT AS PART OF THE FIGHT, THE CITY, COUNTY AND OTHER AREA STAKEHOLDERS ARE ALSO ON TRACK TO OPEN THE FIRST SUBSTANCE ABUSE CRISIS CENTER IN 2018. THE WHITE FLAG HAS

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  1. Oh puhleeze no one forced u to take anything.sue the government for not helping addicts get the help they need.

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