Michigan county in Thumb won't pursue opioid makers

May 11, 2018

A county at the tip of Michigan's Thumb is bucking a trend: It won't join a lawsuit against the makers of opioid drugs.

The Huron County board of commissioners voted unanimously to not join a national lawsuit against the makers of opioid drugs. Sanilac, Tuscola, Saginaw, and Genesee counties have all joined the suit, along with the City of Detroit and Macomb County.
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Cities and counties across Michigan are suing drug companies and retailers over the consequences of excessive opioid use. They want the companies to reimburse them for the costs of responding to the crisis.

But Huron County won't participate after a unanimous vote this week by commissioners. The Huron Daily Tribune says officials are concerned about the time it would take to determine the costs. County attorney Stephen Allen says it could take a full work week.

Allen says there would be additional commitments when the litigation picks up steam.