Updated December 17, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.:
Michigan has filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that distribute opioids. The action was filed under a law that allows the state to seek damages from drug dealers. This is the first time the law has been used against drug distribution companies. The case was filed Tuesday in the Wayne County Circuit Court.
“This is not going away unless we make real, meaningful steps to protect our families, and give those struggling with opioid use disorder the resources they need to recover,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Original Post, December 16, 2019:
The state of Michigan will file a lawsuit Tuesday demanding that drug companies pay damages for the harm caused by the opioid abuse epidemic.
Health officials believe there were 2,000 opioid abuse-related deaths in Michigan last year.