Plainville police chief says drug companies ‘pulled one over on the public’ in terms of opioid advertising

Plainville police chief says drug companies ‘pulled one over on the public’ in terms of opioid advertising

Record-Journal


PLAINVILLE — The Town Council is looking to join other municipalities in a lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturers. There have been over 20 opioid overdoses in town so far this year.

“We’re not getting better,” said Police Chief Matthew Catania. “This is just such an enormous problem for everyone across the nation,”

The police department began carrying naloxone mid-year. So far, the overdose reversal drug has been administered 19 times.

The council discussed the prospect of becoming one of several towns in the state to join a lawsuit against the producers of opioid painkillers. If the town joined, it would be looking to recoup the expenses used in treating the overdoses and overall addiction crisis.

Town Manager Robert Lee said he recently attended a meeting on lawsuit, which was initiated by the city of Waterbury. The lawsuit filed last week argues that the firms and doctors misrepresented the addictive nature of opioids.

Lee said there is no charge to the town to join since the law firms are performing their services on a full contingency basis, meaning they will only get paid if the pharmaceutical companies are found at fault.

The council is expected to make a decision in the next few months.

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