Hillsborough County to File Suit Against Opioid Manufacturers
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 10, 2018) - A coalition of medical, law enforcement, and justice system leaders will hold a press conference Aug. 14 to announce that Hillsborough County is filing a lawsuit against drug companies that contributed to the opioid addiction crisis.
The lawsuit asserts certain drug manufacturers helped cause the opioid addiction crisis by aggressively marketing opioid drugs, overplaying their benefits in treating chronic pain and downplaying their dangers. The lawsuit states the manufacturers helped create the opioid crisis and must address the damages their actions caused. In 2016, Hillsborough County had more babies born addicted to drugs than any other county in Florida.
The press conference will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Falkenburg Jail Assembly Room, 520 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa. Those scheduled to attend include:
- Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Sandra Murman
- Attorney Mike Moore, who led the legal fight against tobacco companies and who is now a nationally recognized leader in lawsuits against opioid manufacturers
- Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister
- State Attorney Andrew Warren
- Hillsborough County Fire Chief Dennis Jones
- Public Defender Bureau Chief Rocky Brancato
- Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office: Kelly Devers
- Hillsborough County Health Care Services Director Gene Earley