BOLIVIA, N.C. — A North Carolina county is suing drug manufacturers and distributors it says caused the local opioid crisis, while another county may pursue legal action, as well.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Yadkin County filed a lawsuit naming 24 defendants in U.S. District Court on Dec. 1. Officials are requesting a jury trial and unspecified monetary damages to cover the medical care of patients suffering opioid-related addiction.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports that Brunswick County Commissioners declared the opioid crisis a public nuisance on Monday, authorizing county staff to pursue any necessary measure to abate the nuisance, including retaining legal counsel.

Local and state governments across the country have filed litigation amid the opioid crisis, including North Carolina’s Buncombe County in November.

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