It appears that the city of Boonville is going to battle with opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Adam Smigielski

It's no secret that there is a problem in the area with opioid abuse. It has been a topic that has been in the news for quite some time now. But how do you fight against the opioid epidemic? The city of Boonville has decided to join the cause by suing opioid manufacturers.

According to Eyewitness News, Boonville has recently hired a law firm to sue quite a few of the major opioid manufacturers, as well as distributors. Among the list of defendants are Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson. The article goes on to say:

An attorney hired by the city said in a news release that the companies must be held accountable for their roles in creating the opioid epidemic.

 

However, Boonville isn't the only town in the area that has recently filed a suit like this. Chandler is one of nearly a dozen towns in the state to sue opioid manufactures. According to city-countyobserver.com, Fort Wayne, Noblesville, Greenwood, Terre Haute, New Castle, Chandler and Atlanta, as well as Harrison County, Vigo County and Jennings County all have filed suits as well. What exactly is the common claim here?

Many of the lawsuits are nearly identical, claiming the manufacturers aggressively pushed highly addictive, dangerous opioids, and falsely represented to doctors that patients would only rarely succumb to drug addiction.

 

Is this a battle that these cities are able to win? Time will tell. Futhermore, what will the towns like Boonville or Chandler gain if they were to win this suit? Share your thoughts with us.