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City of Jeffersonville Files Suit Against Opioid Makers

Mayor Mike Moore says the companies named in the suit "helped make the opioid epidemic possible".

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. -- Another Indiana city is suing opioid makers.

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said Wednesday afternoon that the city has filed a nuisance lawsuit against three companies that he says "helped make the opioid epidemic possible".

The three drug makers -- Amerisource Bergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson Corporation -- control more than 80 percent of the market for prescription opioids.

Moore says the three companies failed to do what they were supposed to under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 -- stop any 'suspicious' drug orders and help prevent their drugs from falling into the wrong hands.

“We are taking this action today because the costs of this opioid crisis have overwhelmed our ability to provide for the health and safety of our residents,” Mayor Moore said. “Homes have been broken and families torn apart by this epidemic, which has claimed victims from all walks of life. But it is the wholesale drug distributors who failed in their legal obligation to notify the Drug Enforcement Administration of suspicious orders, even as the number of pills flowing into our county rose and rose.”

The city has hired at least seven law firms to work on the lawsuit in conjuction with City Corporation Counsel Les Merkley.

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