Columbus—State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a lawsuit today against five drug companies for flooding Ohio with prescription drugs.  Last week, Senator Schiavoni sent a letter to the Attorney General urging him to take legal action against the drug companies.

“I am pleased Attorney General DeWine is taking action as I suggested to hold drug companies accountable for contributing to Ohio’s deadly drug crisis. Doctors and patients trusted these companies when they claimed their products would not be addictive. Unfortunately, the rising death toll in our state shows these companies lied while profiting from the pain and suffering of many Ohio families. 

"I hope that whatever financial settlement this lawsuit might bring will be put toward helping the victims of this epidemic. In the meantime, the General Assembly must do more to provide the resources our counties desperately need now for drug treatment and other services.”

 
 
 
  
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