Boone and Kenton counties file separate lawsuits against big three opioid distributors

08/23/2017 06:43 PM

BURLINGTON – Two northern Kentucky fiscal courts have decided to join the war on opioids by filing two separate suits against wholesale drug distributors.

Boone County and Kenton County commissioners voted on Tuesday night to sue the country’s three largest distributors: AmericanSource Bergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson Corporation, who they believe have contributed to the opioid epidemic in the area.

Those three companies have combined annual revenues of $400 billion and control more than 80 percent of the prescription opioid market.

Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore says that he feels that his county has a right to file the suit because of evidence that the companies failed to stop orders indicated abnormal or suspicious activity, and that now, Boone County is paying the price the companies not stopping the orders.

“The impact on our community has been devastating,” Moore said. “If these companies ignored their legal duty and responsibility, they should be held accountable.”

Boone and Kenton counties each announced that they will also begin using quick response teams, which are composed of a police officer, a firefighter, and a rehabilitation specialist. The teams’ objective is to connect opioid overdose victims with addiction treatment and recovery resources.


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