Opioid Legal Battle: Palm Beach County Considering Suing Drug Companies
Another county has joined the growing list of states, counties, and cities filing lawsuits against drug manufacturers over the opioid epidemic. Palm Beach County (Florida) received over 5,000 overdose calls and 600 deaths last year, and they want change. The potential law suit accuses the drug companies of misleading doctors and patients about the dangers of the pain medication. Delray Beach is also considering legal action against the companies.
Glickstein estimates Delray spent $3 million last year responding to about 1,600 overdose calls. He said the suit would allege that misleading marketing by drug companies contributed to the explosion in overdoses in Delray Beach.
“There are actual damages borne by taxpayers,” he said. “We are subsidizing negligence on the part of pharmaceutical companies.”
At least two dozen states, cities and counties have filed lawsuits against drug companies, including attorneys general in Ohio, Oklahoma and Missouri.
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