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City of Flint sues major pharmaceutical companies over opioids

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Flint is joining Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and other Michigan cities and counties taking drug companies to court.

Flint’s lawsuit names Perdue Pharma and dozens of other companies that manufactured, distributed and marketed a variety of drugs.   

Attorney C-K Hoffler says they can link about 85 percent of the opioid related overdoses, deaths and other social issues to the companies named in the lawsuit….

“This is personal for all of us, the lawyers too.   Because this is an epidemic of monumental proportions and these companies need to be stopped.”

Hoffler concedes the legal process will likely take years.

Mayor Karen Weaver compares the effect of opioid addiction in Flint to the city’s water crisis.

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“We stand as a city to hold accountable those that are most responsible for manufacturing, distributing and marketing these dangerous drugs in our community.   We ask for accountability with the water crisis.  We’re asking for accountability with the opioids.”

Pharmaceutical industry groups decline to comment on opioid lawsuits.