Ashtabula Joining Suits Againsts Opioid Companies

Ashtabula County has now joined Cuyahoga and Lake Counties in seeking legal action against several opioid manufacturers and distributors whom officials said “directly contributed” to the county’s ongoing drug crisis. A more than 250-page complaint filed Tuesday in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court names 23 pharmaceutical companies and individual physicians as defendants and seeks currently unspecified damages, to recoup the county’s “avoidable” costs in combating and treating opioid abuse and to relieve mounting burdens on county resources. Cuyahoga officials file suit in October.