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I&I: Lawsuits against Pharmaceutical Companies (Part 1)

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Attorney Stephen Skinner discusses the negative effects that opioids and misleading advertising have had on the Eastern Panhandle.

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Attorney Stephen Skinner discusses the negative effects that opioids and misleading advertising have had on the Eastern Panhandle.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12493/7202112?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:01:04 +0000 I&I: Lawsuits against Pharmaceutical Companies (Part 1) Attorney Stephen Skinner discusses the negative effects that opioids and misleading advertising have had on the Eastern Panhandle. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12493/7202112?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WHAG with the opioid epidemic was done here. >> wdvm news. >> journeys now in the studio have attorney stephen skinner. >> thank you for having me. >> you have seen the effects of not only as a resident but also as an attorney and in the court system. what the drug problem is doing to the panhandle. >> i think there is awareness that there's an opioid problem and it goes back to 15 years we start to see the signs in early 2000 s. oxycontin, we see some of the impact and i think it has been in the last 8 to 10 years that we have seen huge impact. and certainly direct and cost for the counties and municipalities.the urgent need to address the situation. and at this point, we have to figure out a way to address the public policy point of view. >> it seems, the police are getting involved. the process i mean there is a variety of ways that it seems to try to be tackled. counseling and everything else. it's almost like pest control waved at them and then it breaks out again after you have control. >> i think the challenge by napa public officials was to figure out how to deal with law enforcement and how to deal with the court system, how to deal with children caught up in it and how do we deal with the people who have become addicted to this. and what we have done is we've taken a look at when it started and has kind of broken apart and it starts in 1996. some of the open many factors came up with a new way to market this opioid and they suggested to doctors that it was not addictive. this is something that all of us now think i'm of course it is addictive. back in the middle of the 90s, there was a new idea that wasn't addictive and it was the best way to manage pain. and of course, what we know right now is that it was false. it is highly addictive. the solution to pain management was not necessarily going straight to opioids. it seems like almost a, if you will, a david and goliath type situation. we have county governments trying to go up against the big powerful drug companies. what is the likelihood that we can kill the giant? >> here is the thing. right now there are about 198 municipalities and counties across the country that filed suits against the manufacturers and distributors. what we are seeing has probably another five per week that are silenced. the federal court system has put all of these cases into one case for the first part and they just instantly was last week i was there, hundred 50 lawyers, in front of five judges at once. it was loud. [laughter] >> and you were there! >> i was there. that court ruled yesterday that it is going to go to cleveland to a judge there. what happens is, we bring all these counties together, and focus it, you can actually go up against anyone. we have a constitutional right to go to the court. it is manipulative largest company in the world or the poorest person. you can go up against any court. by coming together, we created a way to hopefully get some justice in the united states. >> all right. so, this ruling then is in st. louis. you attended and obviously it was a major stride. >> it is huge! it means that we can come together and create a way to go in and see all the secret documents that we have and we combine our resources is important and we are pleased that the case is in ohio care which is part of appalachia. and it is the center of gravity for the epidemic. >> okay we need to take a break but we will continue our discussion with attorney stephen skinner with the lawsuit against the drug companies





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