Mecklenburg County engages law firm for potential opioid lawsuit

Mecklenburg County is taking action to fight the ongoing opioid crisis.

The county has teamed up with three law firms -- Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, Crueger Dickinson LLC and von Briesen & Roper, s.c. -- to "represent its interests in the pending opioid investigation," according to a press release.

Several other North Carolina counties have filed lawsuits, while others are considering filing an action, according to the press release.

Tens of thousands of people die from opioid overdoses each year.

"The county of Mecklenburg expends a lot of dollars every week in treating overdoses and investigation crimes," HeroinInterventions.com founder Robert Martin said.

Meck Co. said it will only pay legal fees it there is money recovered. The county adding, co-lead attorney Paul Hanley is "highly experienced in opioid litigation and in representing county government entities in multi-district litigation."

Hanley led litigation that eventually resulted in a $634 million criminal misbranding judgment against Purdue Pharma, according to the press release.

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