Lorain is the Next City to File a Lawsuit Against Major Opioid Pharmaceutical Companies


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June began lawsuits filed against major pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributed, first by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and then by Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and her city. Now, as promised earlier this month, the city of Lorain has filed its lawsuit against those same targets.

And like those previous suits, Lorain's civil complaint goes after the companies' roles in crafting the message and perception of opioid medication, making painkiller prescriptions an intrinsic part of American culture. The phrase "corporate greed" is used in deconstructing the companies' marketing tactics and knowledge of the potential for pharmaceutical abuse.

Lorain's suit names many companies, including Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Cephalon. Echoing Whaley's stance, Mayor Chase Ritenauer stakes a personal claim in the fight against opioid addiction. His city has been rocked by the crisis — along with Lorain County writ large, where 140 people overdosed and died last year.

"We can't go to church, we can't go to a restaurant, you can't go to a family event without seeing somebody who has been impacted by the heroin epidemic," he said during a City Council meeting earlier this month, announcing an intent to file this lawsuit.

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