CROWN POINT, Ind.
(AP) - Indiana’s second most-populous county and the city that’s home to
Indiana University are joining a planned lawsuit that alleges pharmaceutical
companies and distributors have played a role in fueling the opioid abuse
Lake County, in the
northwest corner of the state, along with officials in Bloomington and the
surrounding Monroe County signed off on agreements with an
Indianapolis-based law firm to file the lawsuit. The agreements say that the
lawsuit will seek to recover funds from the companies to cover costs that
government entities have incurred because of epidemic.
“I think taxpayers
are victims of this abuse,” said Lake County Commissioner Michael Repay, a
Democrat who lives in Hammond. “There was wrongdoing on the part of these
Repay said he
thinks the lawsuit, which has not been filed, and other similar litigation
stand a chance.
The planned lawsuit
alleges that drug distributors failed to report and stop suspicions orders
of opioids. The city of Indianapolis filed a similar lawsuit in November,
and several states and dozens of U.S. municipalities have also filed similar
Several of the
accused companies have denied any wrongdoing, saying they also are trying to
help solve the opioid abuse problem.