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Agenda Title:

Overview of Statewide Opioid Class Action Lawsuit

Executive Summary:

Attorney John Garvey with the firm Carey Danis & Lowe will present to the City Council on his efforts to bring suit against various opioid manufacturers on behalf of nearly a dozen local governments across the State of Missouri.  A recent report issued by the Office of United States Senator Claire McCaskill found that three main pharmaceutical distribution companies shipped approximately 1.6 billion pills to Missouri between 2012 and 2017.  With only 6.1 million residents, that amounts to more than 260 opioids per person in the state. The opioid crisis has commanded a significant drain on public resources, particularly for public safety. Garvey will outline the parameters of the suit, and the City Council will have the opportunity to contemplate joining other local governments in the suit.

Department:          City Manager's OfficeContact Person:          Zach Walker


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