Hunter Shkolnik on Shreveport News About Opioids

Hunter Shkolnik on Shreveport News About Opioids


– It’s an issue facing
millions of drug users and their families, but what can be done to stop the opioid epidemic
facing our country? Well a few Ark-La-Tex areas are joining a class action lawsuit of more
than 200 cities and counties. They’re all suing the
manufactures and distributors of the opioid drugs. KTBS Andrea Finney joins us
live in studio with the details on this lawsuit and how it could help. Good morning Andrea. – Good morning. Bowie and Harrison Counties in Texas, Miller County in Arkansas,
and the city of Shreveport have all joined a class action lawsuit. The hope, to reduce the
abuse of opioid painkillers. – [Hunter] It’s not a new thing. The opioid problem has been
around for quite some time. But it’s now reached epidemic proportions. – The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention estimates that each day 91 Americans die from overdosing on opioids. So this lawsuit has two goals, governments want to try to stop the flooding of these
pills into communities, and they also want to see
compensation to help plaintiffs recoup money lost fighting the epidemic. Many of the lawsuits also
hope to force drug makers to change their marketing tactics, which they argue are deceptive, believing drug makers need
to make it abundantly clear just how addictive these pills can be. A few weeks ago in December,
Shreveport City Council approved the final passage of a resolution authorizing a retainer agreement with Napoli Shkolnik PLLC
and Kenneth M. Carter APLC, they will serve as joint
outside legal counsel in the opioid lawsuit. Nate and Miller County also followed suit and joined the fight about a week ago. – Something needs to be done Andrea, we’re talking tens of millions of people still on these opioid
drugs and addicted to them. We appreciate that live update, hopefully they get some relief. In October of 2017, President Donald Trump
declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, but no additional funding
has been made available for states and localities to deal with it. 6:37

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