A new analysis of opioids in West Virginia was overwhelmed by shipments of prescription drugs in the city of Huntington and its surrounding counties
CHARLESTON, WVA – A new analysis of opioids in West Virginia was overwhelmed by shipments of prescription drugs in the city of Huntington and its surrounding counties, nearly all of which came on trial in a Landmark case from three major drug distributors.
Washington, DC data consultant Craig McCann testified for the litigators on Monday, in a lawsuit against distributors Amerisorgen Bergen Drug Company, Cardinal Health Inc. and McKesson Corp, The Herald-Dispatch reported.
According to McCain, analysis of the data showed that from 2006 to 2014, approximately 110 million hydrocarbons and oxycodone were sent to Cabell County and Huntington, accusing three distributors in federal court of fueling the region’s opioid epidemic. Apply.
About 90% of the shipments originated from defendants, who unsuccessfully objected to McCann’s testimony.
Over a nine-year period, nationally there were an average of 39.9 hydrocarbon and oxycodone doses per capita, compared to an average of 72 doses per capita in West Virginia and 122 doses per capita in Cabell County and Huntington.
When 12 other opiates were included, 48.8 doses per person per year increased across the country. The figure nearly doubled for West Virginia and nearly tripled for Cabell County, McCann said.
The county and the city argue that “The Big Three” drug distributors flooded the area with prescription pain pills causing a “public nuisance” and ignored signs that the community was being devastated by addiction .
Lawyers for the manufacturers last week attempted to remove the blame from their customers, arguing that what happens outside suppliers’ control after delivery. He argued that workers in West Virginia’s labor-intensive mining and industrial sectors may have a greater need for painkillers. He also pointed out that the companies had no authority over illegal street drugs, which is the reason for the current crisis.
The trial may run in mid-June.
Similar lawsuits have resulted in multi-million dollar settlements, but this is the first time the allegations have wound up in a federal trial. The result could heavily impact hundreds of similar lawsuits filed across the country.
Huntington was once the ground zero for the drug epidemic until a quick-response program formed in 2017 pushed the overdose rate down. But the epidemic greatly reduced progress.