WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The city of West Lafayette announce on Thursday it plans to pursue litigation against ten opioid manufacturers and three distributors. Lafayette filed a similar lawsuit on November 29 of last year against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their part in causing the opioid crisis in Tippecanoe County.
According to a press release, West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis has hired Cohen & Malad, LLP to pursue litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their part in causing the opioid crisis.
The lawsuit will seek to recover funds to address the financial burden that the opioid crisis has placed on the city. The press release states from 2011 to 2015, emergency room treatments for non-fatal opioid overdoses jumped nearly 75 percent in Tippecanoe County.
“Those that have perpetrated this crisis have used their profits to expand their market and buy protection and influence at the highest levels. All the while, families, schools, cities, counties and states have been made into victims and forced to pay the price of this scourge,” said West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis. “This crisis, which was a major topic of conversation in DC, has led to an overprescription of drugs, which has itself led directly to the drastic increase of heroin use throughout the nation.”
The manufacturer defendants of the lawsuit will be Cephalon, Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Noramco, Inc., Endo Pharmaceuticals, Mallinckrodt PLC, Allergan PLC, Watson Pharmaceuticals and Purdue Pharma (no relation to Purdue University).
The opioid distributor defendants named in the lawsuit will be AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., and McKesson Corporation.
“West Lafayette is responding to the urgent needs of its community by pursuing legal action to hold opioid manufacturers and distributors accountable for their roles in creating this epidemic and rebuilding much-needed resources for its residents,” said Lynn Toops of Cohen & Malad, LLP.