Following the lead of cities and counties across the United States, the City of Rockville has joined a statewide class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors.
The City is seeking retribution for what Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton called a public health emergency.
“Everyone knows someone who has been affected by the opioid crisis,” said Newton in a statement. “It’s time to hold the doctors, manufacturers and distributors accountable and change the way the industry does business. Pain management is an important part of healing, but overprescribing has put an enormous burden on families and ruined countless lives.”
The City’s attorneys filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Rockville, and the City will now join the cities of Bowie, Caroline, Frederick, Garrett and Harford Counties and the mayor and council of Westminster in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that opioid manufacturers and distributors have used illegal marketing techniques to make their drugs seem safer than they really are. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that opioid manufactures and distributors have failed to report suspicious purchases.