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City files lawsuit against opioid distributors

Mayor Tom Henry announced Monday the city is filing a lawsuit against the country's three biggest drug distributors.

Posted: Dec. 18, 2017 5:14 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Mayor Tom Henry announced Monday the city will file a public nuisance lawsuit against opioid distributors.

The mayor said it's all a part of an effort to hold companies responsible for bringing opiates into the community. The city has hired Taft Stettinius and Hollister LLP as lead counsel.

The lawsuit is against the country's three biggest drug distributors.

The lawsuit will not cost taxpayer dollars. If the city wins, the counsel will get 30 percent of the money gained.

"We feel that the most important motivation to [the distributors] is profit and not health care, so we want to step up and say that's unacceptable in general, and that's certainly unacceptable in the city of Fort Wayne," Mayor Henry said.

Mayor Henry also said it's all about attacking the source.

"There are many sources, and I think that is so important to always remember. When you have a problem and a crisis of this maginitude, usually there are multiple entities involved," said Dr. Deborah McMahan, Health Comissioner.

Any money gained from the lawsuit will be used to assist the community in addiction education, treatment, and law enforcement initiative, something Dr. McMahan said is needed and appreciated.

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