County leaders plan to file law suit amid opioid epidemic
SAN ANTONIO- County leaders are filing a big law suit against all opioid drug manufactures. The lawsuit comes after statistics show Bexar County is the leader in the state for insurance claims related to the deadly epidemic.
Bexar County leads the state with 25 percent of child birth issues related to dependency on opioid drugs.
Just one more statistic District Attorney Nico LaHood and county commissioners say has to change.
"I am looking at objective facts; this is not an emotional decision or recommendation from us,” said LaHood.
On Tuesday, county commissioners decided a law suit will be filed against all opioid drug manufactures and promoters. Commissioner Kevin Wolff says this suit is one of several that will be filed across the country.
"The effects of opioids puts a strain on the services that the county is supposed to provide and that is jail, that is mental health, and so because of over prescribing these types of things, because of creating addiction, we, you the tax payer suffer through that,” Wolff said.
Wolff says he wanted to be sure any proceeds from this suit are placed towards research and programs related to the addiction.
"This is not an opportunity for Bexar County to make money, this is an opportunity for us to right a wrong and then to sew a seed, meaning money back to folks who have been harmed,” LaHood said.
RISE Recovery here in San Antonio says this a peer to peer addiction and unfortunately many addicts are not only addicted to opioids. They say they are grateful the county is paying attention to this disease.
In a statement, RISE recovery executive director Evita Morin says:
"Our role as recovery leaders in this opioid crisis is to support the City/County Opioid Taskforce with evidence of what we are seeing in our community, to educate our community at large, city leaders and lawmakers to look at the disease of addiction as a medical and social emergency."
"The goal is to stop the influx of the patients that they are dealing with and then secondly to hold people accountable for thinking of profits over people,” LaHood said.