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Cities And States Look To Big Pharma To Cover Costs Of The Opioid Epidemic
National Public Radio

As pharmaceutical companies prepare to square off with states and local communities in courts around the U.S., a growing number of state and local officials say the industry should pay to cover the cost of the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic.

“I think they are as complicit in this as the dealers that are dealing on the streets and for that I think they should pay a price,” says Gerald Craig, executive director of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board in Summit County, Ohio. That county is involved in a lawsuit against drugmakers that’s slated to go to trial later this year.

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