Ohio counties outline plan for opioid trial

Two Ohio counties serving as bellwethers in the federal opioid trial set for Oct. 21 outlined their arguments against the drugmakers and distributors they sued for allegedly fueling the opioid crisis, according to The Washington Post.

Lawyers representing Summit and Cuyahoga counties wrote in the legal papers released Sept. 25 that they will show how drug companies harmed public health and safety. They will also explain why the drugmakers and distributors should have to pay damages and make payments for addiction treatment, emergency services, healthcare and other measures.

The papers also stated that the opioid crisis is an "unreasonable interference with public health, public safety, public peace or public comfort," according to The Washington Post.

The defendants in the bellwether trial are Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceuticals, McKesson, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, Henry Schein and Walgreens.

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