October 2, 2017

New Britain to sue opioid makers

The city of New Britain announced Monday that it plans to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors to recoup the addiction costs the city says it has borne in its social services and public safety budgets.

Officials didn't say when the city would file the lawsuit, nor did it identify the defendants. But the promised filing would follow a similar Aug. 30 complaint by Waterbury officials against Stamford-based Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma and multiple other companies, according to the Fairfield County Business Journal.

As many as two dozen Connecticut communities have indicated they may sue opioid manufacturers, the Hartford Courant reported.

New Britain said Monday it has retained Scott+Scott Attorneys at Law to represent the city. The firm will only receive attorney fees if the litigation is won or settled, officials said.

"Over the last several years, opiates have had a devastating impact on the lives of individuals, their families, and other loved ones right here in our community," Mayor Erin Stewart said in a statement. "These drugs have been abused beyond their original intended use and their misuse has turned into an epidemic affecting all walks of life."

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