Washington Cities, Counties and State File Opioid Lawsuits

The City of Seattle has filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers for the prescription drug and heroin crisis that has plagued our communities. Citing RCW 7.48.010, creating a public nuisance and RCW 19.86.020, engaging in unfair and deceptive marketing practices, and RCW 9A.82.100, conducting a pattern of criminal profiteering activity and participating in civil conspiracy.  The cities of Tacoma and Everett and the State of Washington have also filed lawsuits, as well as other cities, counties and states across the country. In 2015, more people in Washington died from opioid overdose than car accidents and the majority of those overdoses involved opioids.

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