Opioid fight: Toledo files lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies

TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Dozens of cities across the country are filing lawsuits against drug manufacturers and now Toledo is following suit.

In a news conference, Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson says the fight against the opioid epidemic has been costly for the city and this lawsuit may help recoup tax payer dollars spent on the crisis.

Monday, the City of Toledo filed a 300 page lawsuit against 20 opioid distributors and manufacturers in the country.

Two attorneys representing Toledo, Lorain, Parma and Cuyahoga County were in attendance.

They believe these companies engaged in deceptive marketing that promoted sales of high-strength painkillers while deliberately understating their addictive potential.