PWC to explore legal action against major players in opioid epidemic

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The Prince William County Board of Supervisors has authorized the County Attorney to engage with outside legal counsel “to investigate potential legal actions against entities engaged in the manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of opioids.”

In a press release, the county said it has experienced significant negative impacts to the delivery of emergency medical, law enforcement and mental health and substance abuse services — as a result of the opioid epidemic.

“Prince William County government is looking into the possibility of bringing legal action against the pharmaceutical industry to try to recover some of the costs that we’ve incurred in our attempts to end this opioid crisis. And, to generate some additional revenues that may be used to help us continue to help fight this crisis into the future,” said Coles District Supervisor Martin Nohe.

The board’s actions come on the heels of a lawsuit filed by the Virginia Attorney General, against Purdue Pharmaceuticals earlier this year. All damages recorded in that lawsuit would be awarded to the Commonwealth, not individual localities.

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