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Montgomery County taking action against opioid manufacturers and distributors

Montgomery County taking action against opioid manufacturers and distributors (WKEF/WRGT)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Montgomery County is joining Dayton and Ohio in taking action against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Chief of the Prosecuting Attorney's Civil Division Mary E. Montgomery announced the lawsuit Tuesday along with the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, saying they're taking action to "investigate and litigate actionable claims that may be pursued against individuals and entities related to the marketing, prescribing, distribution or sale of opioids,"

Montgomery cited the Montgomery County Coroner in saying that 60 to 70 percent of all the bodies in the county morgue the summer of 2017 were overdose victims, and the Montgomery County Juvenile County saying that nearly a quarter of defendants who go through the courtroom are addicted to opioids or heroin.

They also said that Montgomery County prescribes wrote almost 93 opioid prescriptions for every 100 residents in 2016, and more prescriptions were written each year than people living in our county for 2006-2015.

“Our goal is to hold the companies responsible for this problem accountable through civil litigation," Montgomery said. "The overprescribing of these powerful and addictive drugs to patients, while failing to disclose the risks involved by taking these drugs leads to patients who become addicted."

The law firm of Motley Rice, LLC, in Washington D.C. will be assisting the office. Motley Rice filed the first complaint in the current wave of opioid litigation in 2014.

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