Commission Considering Drug Lawsuit

May Join Municipalities In Court

Saying any potential settlement will help fund rehabilitation projects, the Putnam County Commission voted to consider a lawsuit against drug wholesalers who have a history of shipping millions of pain pills to West Virginia, causing addiction problems across the Mountain State.

“One thing led to another, and we did put it on the agenda so that we could get it going,” says Commission President Stephen H. “Steve” Andes. “What is that pharmacy’s responsibility in this whole thing? Who writes that prescription for a million some pills, or however many pills it is?”

Multiple lawyers are asking to get involved, and reached out to Putnam County, according to Andes. “Some of them have probably already done their homework.””

McDowell and Logan counties sued drug wholesalers. The Town of Welch is also taking action.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police Winfield Detachment and all of the Putnam County cities with police departments have spent major money making drug abuse investigations and arrests, draining public resources. Pharmaceutical drug abuse also contributes to burglaries, car thefts and shoplifting to fund the “habits” of addicts.