MESA COUNTY, Colo. – Mesa County Commissioners gave the County Attorney, Patrick Coleman, the “go-ahead” to join 15 other Colorado entities that are suing 21 pharmaceutical companies for over-prescribing and over-marketing opioid drugs in the state.
The lawsuit (Civil Action 19-cv-00114) is a way for local governments to recoup money that has been lost due to opioid overuse. When speaking to KREX, County Attorney Patrick Coleman, cited money that was spent due to jail overcrowding, the impact on the court system, the parks department, public health departments, and human services.
The lawsuit alleges that pharmaceutical companies’, “… reckless and misleading promotion of potent narcotics as safe and effective treatment for pain and their relentless distribution of hundreds of millions of pills into American communities…”
And while it’s hard for counties to prove exactly how many dollars were spent fighting opioid overuse and over-prescription. Coleman says, joining the lawsuit ensures that if a settlement is reached, Mesa County gets a piece of the pie.