Northwest Iowa — O’Brien and Sioux Counties are two of 36 Iowa counties who filed suit Friday against pharmaceutical companies over what the plaintiffs call “the aggressive and fraudulent marketing of prescription opioid pain killers that the plaintiffs say hass led to a drug epidemic in the state, and throughout the nation.”

Friday’s court filings are the first in Iowa federal court against pharmaceutical manufacturers to address the opiod crisis, according to a press release from attorneys representing the 36 Iowa counties involved in the lawsuit.

Communities throughout Iowa are suffering as a result of the opioid epidemic, according to Erin Dickinson of the law firm Crueger Dickinson LLC, lead counsel, along with partner Charles Crueger in the lawsuits. Dickinson went on to say that the lawsuits filed Friday, the first in Iowa, are an important step toward holding those responsible for causing, what Dickinson describes as “the worst drug epidemic we’ve ever seen.”

In addition to O’Brien and Sioux Counties, the other Iowa counties joining the suit include: Adair, Adams, Audubon, BentonBremerBuchanan, Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cedar, Clay, Clayton, Clinton, Dallas, Delaware, Fayette, Hamilton, Hardin, HumboldtJohnsonLee, Mahaska, Marion, Mitchell, Monroe, Montgomery, Plymouth, Polk, Pottawattamie, SacScott, Shelby, Taylor and Winneshiek.

You can view the entire text of Friday’s press release by CLICKING HERE.

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