Wyoming County sues major drug companies
TUNKHANNOCK, WYOMING COUNTY (WOLF) -- Wyoming County Commissioners are suing five of the largest manufacturers of prescription opioids and three of the largest wholesale drug distributors.
The county says they want to hold the drug companies accountable for their role in the epidemic.
They claim the companies pushed millions of dollars of dangerous opioids into their community and falsely told doctors that that addiction was unlikely.
Wyoming County Commissioner Thomas Henry says they do not do not have the resources to handle the epidemic.
"There are so many aspects of the county that I see on a daily basis - from our coroner, to our jails, just our every day expense the opioid epidemic has had on Wyoming County. I'm hoping to slowly repair that,"
The county says they've hired lawyers experienced in going up against the pharmaceutical companies.
Henry says the epidemic took fourteen lives in their county alone last year.
Wyoming County isn't alone. Lackawanna County, Luzerne County and Dauphin County have also filed lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies.