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Lieff Cabraser Enters Into Agreement with Scott County TN to Explore Opioid Epidemic Lawsuit

Lieff Cabraser, with Knoxville-based Taylor and Knight, has entered into an official agreement with Scott County, Tennessee, to explore litigation against pharmaceutical companies and other parties over the pernicious opioid epidemic in Scott County. The decision, first announced by WBNT News, came via a unanimous 10-0 vote by the county legislature to begin investigation into lost revenues relating to the widespread distribution and use of pharmaceutical opioids in the county.

Through the last few decades, pharmaceutical companies flooded the U.S. with legal opioid painkillers, creating an outright nationwide healthcare crisis. A recent forecast determined that close to 650,000 people are expected to die over the next 10 years from opioid overdoses — “more than the entire city of Baltimore,” as noted by Vox. “The US risks losing the equivalent of a whole American city in just one decade. If you want to understand how we got here, there’s one simple explanation: It’s much easier in America to get high than it is to get help.”

According to statistics compiled by federal authorities, Scott County was below Tennessee-statewide averages for opioid prescriptions through 2014, but since then opioid distribution rates have “skyrocketed” to 1.5 times the 2016 Tennessee average. As KBNT notes, “In 2016, there were 169 opioid prescriptions written for every 100 persons in Scott County.”

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