City of Vermilion expected to join class-action lawsuit against Purdue Pharmacy

City of Vermilion expected to join class-action lawsuit against Purdue Pharmacy
Photo by: AP FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Oklahoma's attorney general will announce a settlement Tuesday, March 26, 2019, with Purdue Pharma, one of the drug manufacturers named in a state lawsuit that accuses them of fueling the opioid epidemic. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

CITY OF VERMILION, Ohio (WOIO) - The City of Vermilion is expected to join a class-action lawsuit against Purdue Pharma.

The city’s Mayor, Jim Forthofer, brought the issue up in a city council meeting on Monday.

According to city officials, the lawsuit takes into account the cost of past and future damages.

The lawsuit is estimated to be around $6 million.

Mayor Forthofer said that he believes the opioids sold by Purdue Pharma directly negatively affected the community impacting the way the ongoing opioid crisis impacted the city's residents.

He also stated that marketing improperly sheds light on opioids, and they, directly and indirectly, impacted the community.

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