November 17, 2017 10:23 PM
Minneapolis has become the first major city in Minnesota to join the legal fight against opioid manufactures and distributors.
The full city council voted Friday to initiate a lawsuit to seek monetary damages from pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors to help respond to the opioid crisis.
In a news release, city attorney Susan Segal argued "the misrepresentations, deceptive and dangerous marketing practices, oversupply and failure to comply with federal reporting requirements of opioid manufacturers and distributors are among the leading causes of our current spiral of opioid-related addiction, overdoses and deaths" and that the city will seek damages to help stop it.
Minneapolis joins other cities and counties across the state who are filing similar lawsuits. Chisago County leaders voted Wednesday to also file a lawsuit.
Minneapolis city council president Barb Johnson said the action is meant to hold the opioid manufacturers accountable.
"It's hard on the fire fighters, it's hard on the costs involved and it's really a challenge for us," Johnson said during an interview. "It's something that we have to deal with as a society."
Johnson explained the uptick in opioid-related overdoses has stressed city resources, including the fire department. MPD reports that since May of 2016, fire fighters have responded to "363 opioid overdose emergencies" in the city. They have also administered 551 doses of naloxone in that time period.
Updated: November 17, 2017 10:23 PM
Created: November 17, 2017 08:17 PM
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