Lebanon to decide on joining lawsuit against drug manufacturers

4:33 p.m Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 Local
Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley listen to public health officials discuss the heroin epidemic at a joint work session recently. Lebanon is considering joining Dayton and other companies suing drug manufacturers over the opioid epidemic. STAFF

The Lebanon City Council is expected to vote next week on whether to join local governments in seven states that have already filed more than 60 federal lawsuits claiming drug manufacturers and distributors have contributed to the deadly national opioid epidemic.

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The public nuisance lawsuit would be part of multi-district litigation to be handled by a federal judge in Cleveland and brought by more than 60 local governments in Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Washington and West Virginia.

The litigation is designed to correct the range of problems caused by addiction to prescription painkillers and illegal drugs such as heroin, and to compensate for the costs to local governments.

MORE: Heroin’s impact: Special Report of the Dayton Daily News

Dayton is also part of the legal action.

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster was appointed to handle the cases.

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