As death tolls, overdoses and other costs related to Colorado’s opioid crisis rise, Denver and 12 other Colorado cities and counties are, in the hope of forcing drug companies who make and distribute opioids to share the financial burden, are taking steps to sue them. The 13 local governments will be joining a growing number of government agencies across the United States — including states such as Ohio and West Virginia and small communities such as Huerfano County — that are going to court to force the companies to pay a penalty and change their practices for marketing the drugs. “We have experienced an exhorbitant cost,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. “You don’t have to look much further than outside City Hall to see its impact.” The city of Denver, which will take the lead on the lawsuit, last month solicited proposals from private law firms willing to assist in litigation. Prospective firms will be interviewed June 15, but it may be August before any complaints are filed in the courts because each city and county must get approval from various councils and boards to participate, said Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson. The governments on the list to join Denver are Adams,… Read full this story
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