Southern Colorado County Sues More Than A Dozen Pharmaceutical Companies

COVERING COLORADO FIRST. NATIONAL MILL DOG RESCUE HAS SAVED MORE THAN 12,000 ANIMALS OVER THE PAST 11 YEARS.> IT MAY BE A SMALL SOUTHERN COLORADO COUNTY BUT IT IS NOT SCARED TO BE THE FIRST IN THE STATE TO TAKE ON MAJOR PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES. WHERE PINEAU COUNTY FILED SUIT ON BEHALF OF ITS RESIDENTS CLAIMING THOSE DRUG COMPANIES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IMPACT OPIOID ADDICTION IS HAVING IN THEIR COMMUNITY. KAREN MORFITT SPOKE TO ONE OF THE ATTORNEYS BEHIND THE LAWSUIT. HE SAYS THEIR GOAL IS TO REPRESENT EVERY COMMUNITY IN COLORADO. Reporter: TO PUNISH THOSE COMPANIES LIKE McKESSON THAT THEY SAY HAD A ROLE IN THIS OPIOID ADDICTION. THE LAWSUIT SAYS THAT THESE DRUG COMPANIES NOT ONLY DOWNPLAYED THE RISK OF ADDICTION BUT ACTUALLY PROMOTED USE OF OPIOIDS. WITH OPIOID ADDICTION REACHING EPIDEMIC LEVELS, COMMUNITIES ACROSS COLORADO ARE FEELING THE IMPACT. EVERYTHING FROM HOMELESSNESS, INCREASED SPREAD OF DISEASE TO PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUES. NOW, ONE COLORADO COUNTY HAS HAD ENOUGH. WHERE PINEAU COUNTY IS THE FIRST IN THE STATE TO SUE THE MAJOR DRUG MANUFACTURERS AND DISTRIBUTORS. THE LAWSUIT CLAIMS THE DECEPTIVE MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION TEAM LIKE PURDUE AND McKESSON LED TO A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. IN A RECENT REPORT BY THE WASHINGTON POST, DEA INVESTIGATORS SAY McKESSON WHO DISTRIBUTES OUT OF AURORA WAS SENDING THE SAME QUANTITIES OF OPIOID PILLS TO SMALL-TOWN COMMUNITIES AS IT WOULD SHIP TWO LARGE DRUGSTORES NEXT TO BIG-CITY MEDICAL CENTERS. McKESSON IS SUPPLYING ENOUGH PILLS TO THE COMMUNITY TO GIVE EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD A MONTHLY DOSE OF 30 TO 60 TABLETS. Reporter: THE SUIT AIMS TO HOLD THOSE DRUG COMPANIES RESPONSIBLE FOR TAX DOLLARS ALREADY SPENT ON ADDICTION TREATMENT, EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AS WELL AS ANY FUTURE COSTS THEY MAY ENDURE. THEY JOIN SEVERAL OTHER COUNTIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY FILING SUIT. THAT IS IN ADDITION TO THE 41 STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S WHO

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