DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced the city filed its own lawsuit against drug companies over the opioid crisis.
Mayor Whaley says they lawsuit comes after nearly a year of discussions with other cities about this action.
Whaley, along with City Commissions and the Chiefs of Dayton Police and Fire, said the opioid epidemic began with drug companies and said that nearly 80 percent of opioid users say their first experience with opioids was a prescription pain reliever.
“It is caused so much death, suffering and strain on our families and our communities,” Whaley said. “Unless we take serious action there’s no telling the destruction to come.”
Whaley said by the end of July Dayton will have surpassed the 2016 number of emergency responses, narcan use and deaths in Dayton and Montgomery County.
Whaley continued, “Today, the City of Dayton is suing the pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors responsible for the heroin epidemic.”“We are beyond a crisis,” said Mayor Whaley. “We need action now.”
The companies listed in the lawsuit are:
PURDUE PHARMA L.P.; PURDUE PHARMA INC.; THE PURDUE FREDERICK COMPANY, INC.; TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS USA, INC.; CEPHALON, INC.; JOHNSON & JOHNSON; JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.; ORTHO-MCNEIL-JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. N/K/A JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.; JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICA, INC. N/K/A JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.; ENDO PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.; ALLERGAN PLC F/K/A ACTAVIS PLC; ACTAVIS, INC. F/K/A WATSON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.; WATSON LABORATORIES, INC.; ACTAVIS LLC; ACTAVIS PHARMA, INC. F/K/A WATSON PHARMA, INC., ENDO HEALTH SOLUTIONS INC.; MCKESSON CORPORATION; CARDINAL HEALTH, INC.; AMERISOURCEBERGEN CORPORATION; RUSSELL PORTENOY; PERRY FINE; SCOTT FISHMAN; and LYNN WEBSTER
The announcement comes less than a week after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced his office filed a lawsuit against five drug manufacturing companies over the spread of opioid addiction.
Five pharmaceutical companies are named in the lawsuit including the makers of OxyContin and Percocet.
DeWine said on May 31 the companies named used “false and misleading statements” to prescribers – downplaying the risks of prescription opioids and inflating the benefits.
Mayor Whaley agreed with the lawsuit telling 2 NEWS, “I’m absolutely in favor of suing the drug companies and holding them accountable, but we need action fast and now. Every day someone is dying from this addiction,” Whaley said.
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