The Northeast Ohio city of Parma recently announced they are following Dayton and other Ohio cities in suing drug companies responsible for the heroin epidemic.
In June, Dayton was the first city in Ohio and fourth in the nation to sue the big drug companies, manufacturers and doctors for the city’s opioid crisis.
Dayton Mayor and candidate for Ohio Governor Nan Whaley released the following statement in response:
“Every single community in our state has been devastated by the heroin epidemic. Families are being torn apart and people are struggling and dying at rates we’ve never seen before. And the big drug companies and manufacturers – who told us opioids weren’t addictive – started it all.
“This situation is dire. Our communities have been left to deal with this epidemic, but it’s the big drug companies that got Ohioans addicted and should be held accountable. I’m standing strong with Mayor DeGeeter and Mayor Ritenauer so we can get justice for our communities.”
Whaley has also worked to ensure that all of Dayton’s first responders are equipped with life-saving Naloxone. And at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, she led an effort to pass a resolution to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the damage they’ve done.