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More Indiana Cities, Counties Say They Plan To Sue Drug Makers For Opioid Crisis

Allen County may join Indianapolis, Bloomington and New Castle in suing pharmaceutical companies for the rise in cost due to the opioid epidemic.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The number of Indiana cities and counties that are planning to sue drug companies and distributors for the opioid crisis is growing.

According to the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, the Allen County Commissioners are expecting to move forward with a planned lawsuit against drug companies blaming them for the rise in costs from added police and medical expenses relating to the opioid epidemic.

The city of Indianapolis has already filed a lawsuit in November against ten companies, including Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, saying those companies were deceptive in their marketing of painkillers and failed to report and stop suspicious orders of opioids.

Meanwhile, leaders in other Indiana communities including Bloomington, Jeffersonville and New Castle say they are also putting together their legal fights against drug makers and sellers.

 

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