Lorain one of two OH cities suing drug manufacturers and distributors
09 Juin, 2017, 02:53 | Author: Cyril Hebras
Ritenauer urged members of city council to approve filing a lawsuit against a list of opioid manufacturers and distributors.
"There is a connection, the more opiates on the market, the heroin epidemic, the number of deaths every year, it is increasing, in some cases ten fold.the city of Lorain, every year in the last three years or four years, we continue to see overdose deaths", said Ritenauer.
Ritenauer said the lawsuit will have no cost to the residents.
Whaley, along with City Commissions and the Chiefs of Dayton Police and Fire, said the opioid epidemic began with drug companies and said that almost 80 percent of opioid users say their first experience with opioids was a prescription pain reliever. "We need action now".
A similar argument in the lawsuit Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine filed last week.
DeWine is expected to run for governor next year. "Even the state's lawsuit does not go far enough to hold accountable all the bad actors", Whaley said. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.
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"The drug companies we know are profiting and we are paying for it, taxpayers are paying for it", Mayor Whaley says. County officials are projecting 775 deaths in 2017.
In that announcement, Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer said Lorain would file litigation as well.
"It is time that the companies and distributers who started this epidemic take responsibility for the communities that have been ravaged as a result of the medications they produce", he said. Already this year so far, the city of Dayton has used Narcan to revive overdose victims more often than all of 2016 - by a 50-percent increase.
A greater percentage of opioid overdose deaths have come from heroin and fentanyl, as the state has placed restrictions on prescribers.
"It is caused so much death, suffering and strain on our families and our communities", Whaley said.
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