CHICO, Calif. – The city of Chico is joining 35 California cities and counties in a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry for its role in the opioid crisis.
The lawsuit, announced in a press release Friday, seeks damages for taxpayer money spent in response to opioid addiction.
“The City seeks to recover taxpayer funds used to respond to the opioid epidemic,” says Mark Orme, City of Chico City Manager. “Local government services have been subsidizing the impact of the opioid epidemic, created by irresponsible multi-billion dollar corporations, which have placed profits over public safety.”
The press release stated that the California Opioid Consortium and its counsel developed evidence that many of the nation’s largest drug manufacturers misinformed doctors about the addictiveness and efficacy of opioids.
All 35 counties and cities have filed suits in federal court and the cases have now been transferred into the Multi-District Litigation in Ohio, where over 2,800 public entities have filed similar suits, according to the press release.