MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Commissioners have decided to pursue damages from the opioid epidemic through a lawsuit representing individual counties.

Commissioners voted Thursday to retain law firm Greene, Ketchum, Farrell, Bailey & Tweel to present Knox County’s case to U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster. The firm has filed a lawsuit that seeks damages caused to individual counties from the alleged unlawful actions of opiate-based prescription painkiller manufacturers and wholesalers, leading to Ohio’s opioid epidemic.

The commissioner’s decision must be approved by Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Wetzel for the case to proceed to district court.

 

Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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