UPDATE @ 12:42 p.m.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley on Monday announced the city is filing suit because she says drug companies and distributors have financially benefited from the state’s worsening opiate epidemic, which has killed thousands of residents, including hundreds in the Dayton region.
“We believe the drug companies made this mess, and it is time they stop passing the buck to Ohio’s taxpayers and started paying to clean it up,” Whaley said. “The drug companies are profiting and we are paying for it.”
The city filed its lawsuit less than one week after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the state will sue five pharmaceutical companies that marketed addictive prescription pain medication.
Mayor Whaley, however, said the state’s new lawsuit does not go far enough to hold accountable all of the parties responsible for opiate addiction.
DeWine and Whaley are both running for governor and have made battling opiate addiction a key pillar of their campaigns.
UPDATE @ 10:05 a.m.
DAYTON — The city of Dayton will file a lawsuit against the drug companies and distributors who the city believes is responsible for the heroin epidemic, said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley during a news conference Monday morning.
“This is about justice for our communities,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.
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The city used a number of measures to deal with this drug problem including increasing police presence, Whaley said.
“The heroin epidemic is no accident,” Whaley said.
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The mayor added taxpayers are paying for the city’s heroin crisis.
“We are beyond a crisis,” Whaley said.
The city of Dayton will make announcement Monday morning related to the opiate crisis.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and the city public safety team will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. inside city hall located at 101 West 3rd Street.
Check back for updates on this developing story.
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