Read the lawsuit: Jennings County ‘has been flooded with prescription opioids’

NORTH VERNON — Jennings County Commissioners have filed a lawsuit on behalf of the county against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, New Albany Division, seeks to recover funds to address an overwhelming financial burden that the opioid crisis has placed on the county, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit provides details about the effects of opioid abuse on the county’s law enforcement, judicial and health services.

Manufacturer defendants are Purdue Pharma, Cephalon Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Noramco Inc., Endo Pharmaceuticals, Mallinckrodt PLC, Allergan PLC and Watson Pharmaceuticals. The lawsuit alleges the manufacturers deceptively marketed the appropriate uses, risks and safety of the opioids.

Distributor defendants in the lawsuit are AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp., Cardinal Health Inc and McKesson Corp.  The lawsuit alleges the distributors failed in their duty to report and stop suspicious orders of opioids that have flooded Jennings County.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.