By Tim Kowols
Kewaunee County is the latest to pass a resolution to join a lawsuit in federal district court against prescription opioid manufacturers. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, over two-thirds of Wisconsin counties have joined the suit, alleging pharmaceutical drug makers and the physicians prescribing them for playing a role in the abuse of the drugs by making false claims about their benefits. Kewaunee County Board Chairperson Bob Weidner says they could be in line for a claim because of the costs associated with fighting the epidemic.
Brown, Manitowoc, and Door Counties have already joined the lawsuit, which claims over 1,800 people died from opioid overdoses from 2013 to 2015.