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.