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Leggett Announces County Suit Against 14 Opioid Companies

County Executive Ike Leggett announced yesterday that Montgomery County has filed a suit against companies that produce and distribute opioids, seeking reimbursement for County expenses in responding to the crisis and aiming to stop future deceptive and misleading marketing practices that have contributed to the growing epidemic.

The announcement came during press conference held on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

The companies named in the suit, which was filed in Federal District Court, include: Purdue Pharma L.P. of Stamford, CT; Cephalon, Inc. of Frazer, PA; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. of Israel; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. of North Wales, PA; Endo International PLC of Ireland; Endo Health Solutions Inc. of Malvern, PA; Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Malvern, PA; Jansen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Raritan, NJ; Insys Therapeutics, Inc. of Chandler, AZ: Mallinckrodt PLC of the United Kingdom; Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals of St. Louis, MO; AmerisourceBergen Corporation of Chesterbrook, PA; Cardinal Health, Inc. of Dublin, OH; and McKesson Corporation of San Francisco, CA.

“The Opioid crisis is wreaking severe damage on individuals and communities throughout our great nation – and Montgomery County is not immune,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “Just ask the first-responders in our Fire & Rescue Service and our Police. Ask our front-line personnel in Health & Human Services. We are talking about addiction, death, broken lives, and broken families.”

“It is critical that we hold responsible those whose corporate actions have contributed to this crisis – for what has happened in the past, what is happening in the present and what we ought to stop from happening in the future,” said Leggett.

No neighborhood or area is immune, and Germantown has seen an increase in opioid-related problems, even as state and local elected leaders continue to discuss ways to combat the growing problem.

In the Germantown area calls for overdoses have increased since the first of the year, according to Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service run data obtained from DataMontgomery.com. While the data does not show if these overdose calls were related to specifically to opioids or patients making mistakes in dosage, the trend is alarming as two Germantown fire stations have already responded to more overdose calls in the first six months of 2017 than in the first six months of 2016.