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Gallatin Co. to vote on lawsuit

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Gallatin County commissioners are debating whether they will join a lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturers. The county says those manufacturers are behind the opioid epidemic.

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Gallatin County commissioners are debating whether they will join a lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturers. The county says those manufacturers are behind the opioid epidemic.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12493/7194291?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:01:29 +0000 Gallatin Co. to vote on lawsuit Gallatin County commissioners are debating whether they will join a lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturers. The county says those manufacturers are behind the opioid epidemic. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12493/7194291?cpt=8&wpid=2637 KTVM county says opioid manufacturers are behind the epidemic. county commissioner don seifert tells me it's time to hold them accountable. 8 - 11 gallatin county is no stranger to the opioid epidemic. money and resources poured into dealing with opioid use are on the rise. "were trying to find a way to stem that problem." we asked the county how joining a lawsuit to combat pharmaceutical companies will help. "opioid companies are enticing physicians to over prescribe and over medicate" the county says those actions are burdening the city-county health department and costing tax payers. according to seifert, court services alone spends 103 thousand dollars a year dealing with opioid abuse. the missouri river drug task force reports 58 overdoses so far this year. "conversations with the missouri river drug task force or the people in the sheriff's department, other law enforcement officials that this is one thing that they see on a regular basis." paramedics in the county are seeing an increase in the use of naloxone... a drug that treats opioid overdose. it was administered 14 times in 2014... 35 times so far this year. "this will be an ongoing discussion and an ongoing issue for a long time. it wont be solved tomorrow " seifert says this is only a small step in ending the epidemic. the lawsuit would come at the expense of a local law firm that's engaging other counties in the suit. county commissioners will take a vote at their next meeting on tuesday. that starts at 9 a-m at the old county courthouse...public comment is welcomed. live in the newsroom judith retana nbc montana. thank you judith...





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