Lewis County To Vote On Joining Lawsuit Against Opioid Makers

Lewis County To Vote On Joining Lawsuit Against Opioid Makers

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Tuesday night, Lewis County lawmakers will discuss the option to go in on a class-action lawsuit against the major manufacturers of opioid drugs.

Lewis County would be joining about 15 other counties in the state working with law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy.

"We realized it was taking some hold in other counties and it was kinda presented, do we want to jump on the bandwagon," said Mike Tabolt, county legislature chair.

St. Lawrence County has also taken steps to join the suit. The lawsuit won't cost the counties anything unless they win.

In its resolution, Lewis County lawmakers say pharmaceutical companies knowingly pushed for and recommended overuse of the highly addictive drugs.

The county is hoping the lawsuit would recoup some of the money it has invested to fight opioid abuse and addiction.

Tabolt says the problem has put a strain on multiple county departments like the sheriff's office, social services, and public health.

"It's cost our county and everyone quite a deal of anguish and capital," said Tabolt.

But Tabolt isn't convinced that a lawsuit is the best way to fight the opioid crisis.

"I have reservations about just suing somebody. We as a society are always trying to put blame on someone else but ultimately it was our choice to take those drugs," he said.

Tabolt expects the board will take a vote on whether to join or not Tuesday night.

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