Mass. Lawsuit Could Inform Greenbrier County Opioid Lawsuits

By Bobby Bordelon

Governments across the country, including Greenbrier County and several of the cities within, are taking action to not only curb the opioid epidemic, but find funding for this effort by suing several of the drug manufacturers and distributors many consider responsible. One Massachusetts lawsuit filing on January 31 gives a unique look into what the future of the cases could be.

One lawsuit includes Rainelle, Quinwood, and Rupert, spearheaded by Rainelle Chief of Police J.P. Stevens, and takes the fight to drug distributors, companies supplying local pharmacies throughout the western end of Greenbrier County and across the entire state. According to numbers provided by the Rainelle Police Department, between 2007 to 2012, the distributors, including AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, Cardinal Health, McKesson Corporation, H.D. Smith Wholesale Drug Co., and The Harvard Drug Group, stocked the western end of Greenbrier County pharmacies with 5,817,380 pills, enough for each and every of the 7,200 residents to receive 134 pills per year.

Read more in the Thursday, February 7, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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