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Cities Filing Lawsuits Against Drug Companies

Democratic Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

City government officials from around the state are mounting a charge again opioid drug companies, following the state’s announcement to sue manufacturers of powerful painkillers. And a gubernatorial candidate is helping lead the charge. The cities of Dayton and Lorain are filing suit against nearly two dozen drug manufacturers and distributors.Democratic Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says the drug companies misled doctors in thinking that the pills were not addictive.A similar argument in the lawsuit Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine filed last week. But DeWine chose not to go after drug distributors and Whaley is.“We’ve always had the plan to hold everyone accountable and definitely distributors and manufacturers are culpable in it.”DeWine is expected to run for governor next year. Whaley mentioned action against drug companies in launching her campaign last month. Copyright 2017 The Statehouse News Bureau. To see more, visit The Statehouse News Bureau.