Chicago Sues 3 Opioid Distributors

Craig Dellimore
March 06, 2018 - 7:16 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The City of Chicago is pushing another lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry over the opioid crisis.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from City Hall. 

The City’s federal lawsuit filed this week is against the nation’s three biggest distributors of opioids. 

Law Department Senior Counsel Tom McNulty said the companies are unlawfully causing an oversupply of the highly addictive painkillers in the city.

Law Department Senior Counsel Tom McNulty
Tom McNulty (Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

He said the distributors have violated the law by not reporting, or taking steps to curtail an oversupply of opioids in this area. 

“We are seeking injunctive relief, as well as recovery of the kinds of funds that the city has expended in trying to deal with the opioid crisis, including overdoses, the use of Naloxone for overdose reversal.”

The city sued opioid manufacturers in 2014. Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, Lake and McHenry Counties sued them in December.