Wilmington City Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday night that will help fight the opioid epidemic at the source.
The resolution allows the city to hire legal counsel to sue drug suppliers who may have violated federal and/or state laws through the wholesale distribution of opioids. New Hanover County approved a similar resolution on Monday night.
City Council authorizes city to take action to help eliminate local opioid crisis, including retaining national law firm & pursuing legal action that could result in filing lawsuit “against parties that have caused or contributed to this ongoing health and safety epidemic.”— Wilmington NC (@CityofWilm) November 9, 2017
Both the city and the county said they feel like they have compelling evidence showing drug companies neglected their duties as gatekeepers of these drugs.
"We feel that (drug companies) had an obligation to notify public health officials, (and the) community to tell them that we have a problem going on," Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said. "We have an increase of opioid abuse, or opioid sales, in your community, and there’s something going on in New Hanover County or the City of Wilmington or wherever they may be."
Saffo said he believes this will turn into a class action lawsuit since many cities and counties are working to take similar action.
City Council said Wednesday it is working diligently to hold these companies accountable.
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