Cana­dian prov­ince sues opi­oid mak­ers, dis­trib­u­tors

The Nation - - WORLD -

The epi­cen­tre of Canada’s opi­oid cri­sis, Bri­tish Columbia prov­ince, has sued more than 40 drug com­pa­nies to re­cover the costs of emer­gency para­medic re­sponses and hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions for over­doses.

It marks the first law­suit against opi­oid man­u­fac­tur­ers by a gov­ern­ment in Canada, and the west­ern prov­ince said it is in talks with other ju­ris­dic­tions to join the class ac­tion.

“It’s time opi­oid drug com­pa­nies take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the hu­man and fi­nan­cial toll their prod­ucts have taken on so many fam­i­lies,” said Bri­tish Columbia At­tor­ney Gen­eral David Eby.

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