Legal action against opioid drug makers
Posted by Ben McAdams
November 16, 2017
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Yesterday, I joined District Attorney Sim Gill, Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, and families affected by the opioid crisis to announce Salt Lake County’s intent to pursue legal action against drug manufacturers. Salt Lake County is experiencing a public health crisis because of the widespread addictive drug use – most of if starting with legally obtained medication prescribed by a doctor. Many victims then turn to heroin because of the high costs of pain pills. Meanwhile, drug companies profit to the tune of $11 billion in 2014 alone.
We are joining the legal fight to get the drug companies’ attention. The terrible effect opioid pain pills is having on Utah families is unacceptable and tragic. At the news conference, we heard from Dennis and Celeste Cecchini whose son Tennyson died in their arms on the bathroom floor of their home. His addiction started with pain medication he was prescribed ten years prior due to a hockey injury. We also heard from whose daughter and step-daughter both struggle with their addiction and are now receiving treatment.
I am grateful to these families for sharing their stories. Now is the time for action, so there will be less heartbreaking stories to tell.
Dennis Cecchini shares his story at the news conference.
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