Tennessee Attorney General, Harbert Slatery, has officially withdrawn his idea to file a federal lawsuit against the Big Pharma. This news is very much welcomed by the people in middle and western Tennessee districts. The Attorney General withdrawal only means that they can now have full focus on the case and will be able to bring it forward to the jury.
The recent opioid epidemic that hit the states has recently taken its toll. The case revolves around a Tennessee baby that was born with opium addiction. The baby would refuse his mother and be in excruciating pain. The baby’s mother has been addicted to Oxycontin and Roxicodone long before her car accident in 2011. The doctor who treated her after the accident prescribed Lortab, a well-known painkiller that also can be highly addictive. She did not tell her doctor about her Oxycontin habit as he did not ask her. And before long, she started doubling her prescription to fulfill her habit. She has been an illegal opium addict for at least four years before she got pregnant with a baby.
The district attorneys general in Sullivan, Washington, and Greene Counties are among the fourteen district attorneys general who soldiered on in this case. Lead by a Nashville law firm, they are determined to take this case to the court and have the wrongdoer punished for being a leader in causing the opioid epidemic in the state.
The State Attorney General was not in the same line of view and thinks that it should be a federal case and taken care of in their office. He was hinting to settle the dispute instead of going to a trial, which caused the district attorneys to contest his claim. But even though he has chosen to let the district attorneys lead the case, both parties would still have to appear at the court in Bristol on May 8th for a hearing.
The opioid epidemic hits all states but Tennessee seems to be the hardest. What seems to properly prescribe drugs turned out to cause more harm than good. In 2016, Scott County has 170 prescribed opium drugs for 100 residents. And Campbell County is in top ten for most opium prescription among all counties in the United States.
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