A number of cities in Orange County, California, have joined the growing number of municipalities that are suing drug makers for their part in the opioid epidemic. Cities Costa Mesa, Irvine, San Clemente, and Huntington Beach are all taking individual legal actions to hold drug makers like Purdue Pharma, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and others responsible by claiming the companies made profits in the billions of dollars for their contributions in addicting a large percentage of US adults to opioids. The hope is that some of the money recouped will go to pay for treatment and any lost revenue spend on cleaning up after the crisis.
Dealing with an increasing number of emergency calls, hospital visits and homeless issues attributed to opioid abuse, a handful of Orange County cities are moving to seek damages from companies that make and market the drugs.
Last week, Costa Mesa hired Andrews & Thornton, an Irvine law firm that specializes in drug company litigation, to pursue “all civil remedies” against opioid makers, a city report stated. The Irvine City Council decided last month to hire outside attorneys to help recover the city’s costs of dealing with opioid abuse, and San Clemente officials made a similar move in April.
Also in April, Huntington Beach joined a reported several hundred U.S. cities and more than 20 states that are suing Purdue Pharma – maker of OxyContin – as well as Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and others, alleging the companies have made billions by marketing painkillers to patients with chronic pain and downplaying the risk of addiction. Click Here to Continue Reading
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