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Nevada Co Joins Lawsuit On Opioid Epidemic

Nevada County is among 30 counties that are filing federal lawsuits against big drug makers and national pharmacy chains for costs incurred from the opioid epidemic. Nevada County Counsel, Alison Barratt-Green, says they haven’t provided specifics on damages yet, but they’re substantial…

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Prescription rates in most north state counties are above the statewide average. Nevada County’s 2016 rate was 971 prescriptions per one-thousand residents, the latest numbers available. Statewide, the lawsuits claim there were 19-hundred-25 opioid-related deaths…

click to listen to Alison Barratt-Green

Opioids are now considered the most-prescribed class of drugs, generating billions of dollars in revenue for manufacturers. The lawsuits blame companies for campaigns aimed at selling and distributing drugs, like OxyContin, to, quote, “falsely assure physicians and patients that opioids are safe and to trivialize the danger of addiction”, unquote. Barratt-Green says they also accuse national retailers, including Wal-Mart and Walgreens, of knowing about the increase in prescriptions and knowing about the likelihood of abuse. She says they did not report documentation that’s required, by law, to be kept.

1 Comment

May 16, 2018

michael gilchrease

if weed is just now becoming legal, then the social understanding of a drug is only 3 years old.....as of today doctors do their job, patients get hooked. they cannot affod or are restricted then turn to the street or the crooked dealer....good try with that lawsuit..thats like suing the forest for a lion eating a rabbit..it proves true true ignorance and impatience...get what money back? haha typical reaction by fools.

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