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TODAY IS Wednesday September 26th
Williams County Joins the Fight Against the Opioid Distributors
Tuesday Mar 06, 2018 9:37am
Bryan, OH

By: Sheila McCrea

The Williams County Prosecutor and the Williams County Board of Commissioners announced Monday that Williams County, Ohio, is taking a step to hold accountable the companies responsible for what they say is "dumping millions of dollars’ worth of prescription opiates into its community, filing a public nuisance lawsuit against the pharmaceutical drug manufacturers and wholesale drug distributors that made the opioid epidemic possible", according to a news release.

Williams County is filing suit against five of the largest manufacturers of prescription opioids and their related companies and against the country’s three largest wholesale drug distributors.

In a news release from the Williams County Commissioners Office, they charge that the manufacturing companies "pushed highly addictive, dangerous opioids, falsely representing to doctors that patients would only rarely succumb to drug addiction, while the distributors breached their legal duties to monitor, detect, investigate, refuse and report suspicious orders of prescription opioids".

The Williams County Prosecutor and Board of Commissioners are working with a consortium of law firms to hold pharmaceutical drug manufacturers and wholesale distributors accountable for failing to do what they were charged with doing under the federal Controlled Substances Act – monitor, identify and report suspicious activity in the size and frequency of opioid shipments to pharmacies and hospitals. Dozens of counties in Ohio are already part of the lawsuit.


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