Rockingham County Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

(Wentworth, NC) – The Rockingham County Board of Commissioners announced today that they have filed their lawsuit in the United States District Court in the Middle District in Greensboro against the manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioid pain relievers. The Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting on December 4,2017 passed a resolution declaring the opioid crisis a public nuisance which must be abated for the benefit of Rockingham County and its residents and citizens and that they had signed a contract with a large number of law firms throughout the southeastern United States to file civil litigation in the courts.

The Board of Commissioners found that the National Institute of Drug Abuse, a division of the National Institute of Health, reports that every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids and found that the misuse of and addiction to opioids including prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic opioids are a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. In addition, the Board of Commissioners found that they have the authority to abate or cause to be abated any public nuisance that interferes with the public health, safety, peace and convenience of their citizens. The Board also signed a contract to retain national law firms, Baron & Budd, PC from Dallas, Texas; McHugh Fuller Law Group from Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, PA from Pensacola, Florida; Powell & Majestro, PLLC 405 Capitol Street, Suite P1200, Charleston, West Virginia; Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, PLLC from Charleston, West Virginia; Greene, Ketchum, Farrell, Bailey & Tweet LLP from Huntington, West Virginia, and local North Carolina law firms, Melvin & Powell, Suite 200 Park West, 4400 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Garry Whitaker Law, P. c., Winston-Salem,
North Carolina.

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Rockingham County Commissioner Board Chairman Kevin Berger stated, “Our lawsuit will deliver a very powerful message that the citizens of Rockingham County will not tolerate the actions and failures of the manufacturers and distributors of these addictive opioid narcotic drugs. We have decided to not sit on the sidelines but to take action against the root cause of the opioid crisis. We have given you a copy of our extremely detailed complaint that spells out clearly the facts and legal reasons why the recovery of damages and abatement of the problem for our citizens is of paramount importance. We are confident that the Board of Commissioners has taken the appropriate action in behalf of our citizens to do all that we can to put an end to the opioid abuse that daily affects the lives of all of our residents.” Vice Chairman of the Board, A. Reece Pyrtle, JI. said, “We have hired some of the best law firms in the country to represent us firms that have a proven record of accomplishment in this type of litigation against powerful opponents. We are well aware that this could take time to reach a favorable conclusion, but we feel it is critical to take action now if there is any way to end this crisis that is impacting so many of our individuals and families. We also know we have acted well in behalf of all our citizens in that our attorneys have agreed with us that there will be absolutely no expenditure of any taxpayer money for attorneys fees or any expenses of this lawsuit.”

Rocckingham County Government News Release  •  December 14, 2017  •  L. Metzler, County Manager

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