How Ohio is taking Big Pharma to court

Vinton County is an unassuming rural region about 70 miles south of Columbus. As the least populated county in Ohio, it’s possible you’ve never even heard of it. Yet Vinton County is a leading example of how devastating the effects of opioid addiction can be on a community.

In Vinton County, a whopping 25 percent of the local government’s budget goes toward dealing with opioid-related consequences—incarcerating drug offenders, providing medical care for drug abusers and caring for addicts’ children. That’s $1 million for a population of just 13,000.

While a community that’s been struck hard by opioid abuse is struggling to pick up the pieces, they’re not taking it lying down. The root cause of this public health crisis is at the forefront of everyone’s minds: the drug companies. And they’re taking this conviction to court.

Vinton County has joined forces with hundreds of other counties, cities and tribes across Ohio and the nation. They’ve collectively filed lawsuits against Big Pharma in Cleveland’s federal courthouse.

The more than a dozen defendants in the large-scale litigation are manufacturers, distributors and anyone who knowingly had a hand in pushing an opioid class of drug they knew to be dangerous and highly addictive. The defendants face a variety of charges, including:

  • Public nuisance
  • Deceptive marketing
  • Violation of consumer protection laws
  • Criminal enterprise

Hundreds of people die from opioids each day in the U.S. If you or a loved one has suffered due to prescription opioids, it’s worth consulting with an attorney experienced in personal injury and medical malpractice. You could be entitled to compensation for your suffering.

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