Wilkes-Barre Suing Drug Companies Over Opioid Crisis

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- The city of Wilkes-Barre says its had enough of drug companies dumping millions of dollars worth of opiates into our community and now it's taking a stand.

City officials filed a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) lawsuit against five of the biggest drug manufacturers in the country and three of the largest whole drug distributors.

Mayor Tony George says the opioid crisis has overwhelmed the city's ability to care for the health, safety, and welfare of its residents. According to George, this epidemic didn't happen by accident.

The mayor says these drug makers didn't warn doctors about how addictive opiates can be for patients, and distributors didn't do their legal job to monitor and report any suspicious activity.

The city says it has hired expert law firms to deal with this suit as it moves forward.

9 comments

    • Emma Hogg

      No. It doesn’t matter how these medicines “work.” Opiates have always worked the same way for thousands and thousands of years – without fail. What has changes is the free flow of money from patients to pharmaceutical companies. Once upon a time, a pharmacist was a chemist and people safely used boric acid, sulfur, laudanum, camphor, and many, many other herbs, minerals, and natural derivatives. Now, pharmacists are medical doctors that count pills, oversee drug interactions, and advise patients on side effects and contra-indications.

      Money is the bottom line, not people’s health.

  • Kenneth L Ketchum

    “sir, we can’t treat your sinus condition, it seems we have an opiate crisis in this burg and it’s influenced my ability to treat you or anyone else; just last week someone realized the guy waiting on the bus here beside general hospital was a drug addict and it caused us to have the entire hospital shut down for 2 days!, As long as this county has people addicted to opiates, wandering around unshackled, it’s going to be our number one blame for any and all faults found in this health system, etc, etc, etc,”,

    “MAM, WHAT DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND, YOUR HUSBAND HAS HAD A HEART ATTACK, WE CAN DO NOTHING AT ALL UNTIL THE ADDICTION PROBLEM IN THIS CITY IS HEALED! BE GONE WITH YOU ALL! CLEAR OUT THE ICU!”

    “this town is so progressive, there’s a methadone//suboxone clinic on every corner!”

    “we have a solution to the opiate crisis, we are suing and hopefully will be getting a settlement soon, WE’RE TALKING MILLIONS!,, the city plans on using that money to build more rehab clinics and of course, the city is already figuring in a “lost funds” factor of 70% which will immediately be designated as “lost funds”, which we will then broker a deal to get a loan to cover our prospected 70% loss of funds; we will be using roughly 200 methadone clinics as collateral, to cover the “lost funds””” amount which will be covered by the loan, which the city plans to default on due to a loss estimate of only perhaps only 60%, and no need to worry, there are plenty of grants available to be lost as well, and of course, we will be announcing a new and updated system which should be done by the year 2072, and the entire city will be one big rehab clinic, and hopefully by the turn of the century, some of our streets will indeed be free of some of the worst potholes!”,

  • donny hud43987

    It’s not the company’s fault! Many people legitimately need these prescriptions!!! It’s the people that abused and sell them!! You can’t blame the company for making a product! They’re not for recreational use and to sell!!!!!! Are you going to sue all the beer companies now because people are alcoholics?

    • Rusty Knyffe

      Donny, the point you’ve made is very astute and people need to understand that the government and pharmaceutical companies work hand-in-hand to keep citizens sick, drug-dependent, and ignorant. The FDA is not the “friend” of humanity. It is an agency that “approves” manufactured chemicals to treat certain condition with the understanding that the side-effects of nearly all pharmaceuticals come with dire consequences.

      How is any company going to make any money if people are healthy? How will breweries make money if people don’t drink themselves into oblivion? This is just a smoke-and-mirrors effort that will remove opioids in lieu of some new and “safer” product approved by the FDA. Of course, the new product won’t have decades-long research data, nor will there be any data about damaged DNA from using the new product.

      Opioids have been used by mankind since someone decided to bite into a poppy seed pod. From that point to present day, “addiction” has always been a factor, but addiction is a factor in EVERYTHING from opioids to sex to food to shoes. The addiction belongs to the addict. Period. But, our “betters” who sit in public office have a differing idea of what’s good for the public and what’s good for their wallets.

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    Ooh… a twofer. Virtue-signaling AND trying to bring money into Wilkes-Barre. I hope the Mayor went with one of those legal firms that advertises ‘you don’t pay unless we win’. What a joke.

  • Emma Hogg

    I wonder will they also sue them for manufacturing and distributing Ritalin, Adderall, “statin” drugs, anti-depressants, Xanax, and the list could go on, all day.

  • Shifty Biscuits

    I hope everyone realizes the days of getting pain meds for surgery, pulled tooth, broken leg, etc are over now. The junkies have ruined this for us. From now on it’ll be two asprin and don’t call me in the morning.

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