How Cities Are Recovering Opioid Related Costs

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
March 13, 2018
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The cost of the Opioid Epidemic to local governments across the nation is staggering. The White House Council of Economic Advisors recently released a report, The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis that estimated the overall cost of the Opioid Crisis at over $500 Billion. There are a number of state and local lawsuits underway against opioid drug manufacturers to recover costs associated with the opioid epidemic.  On December 5, 2017, a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) was created to consolidate claims by states, counties, and cities against certain opioid drug manufacturers and distributors. The resulting litigation will potentially enable local governments to recover: (1) reimbursement for Medicaid and other medical costs for care and treatment of overdose, addiction, and over-prescription; (2) additional costs of law enforcement, first responders, prosecutions, jails, and facilities attributable to the opioid crisis; (3) medical costs associated with babies born addicted to opioids; and (4) costs of social services, child care and protection services associated with opioid-addicted parents.

Learn what local governments should consider before filing a claim and find out more about the status of the pending litigation. The session will look to answer the following questions:

  • Should your city file a claim against opioid drug manufacturers?
  • Where should suits be filed?
  • What data must cities have to show harm?
  • What are the risks of not seeking to litigate this matter?
  • In what ways are state leagues taking on a coordinator role?

NLC Policy Position
National Municipal Policy 2018 | Pages: 117; 219


  • Lisa Soronen Executive Director - State and Local Legal Center


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