On May 10, San Antonio law firm Phipps Anderson Deacon LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of Bexar County against opioid manufacturers, promoters anddistributors, including Purdue Pharmaceuticals, for misleading doctors and patients about the addictiveness of their painkillers.
The local battle to staunch the opioid epidemic began in June 2017 when Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and Mayor Ron Nirenberg created the Joint Opioid Task Force, which first met in August 2017.
Settlement money from the case, which is expected to go to court in two years, would provide more funding for addiction treatment. The county cites multiple reasons for bringing the lawsuit, noting Bexar County has the fifth highest opioid overdose death rate in Texas, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
During a press conference Wednesday at the Bexar County Courthouse, Wolff’s chief of staff, T.J. Mayes, outlined the four main goals of the task force. These include increasing the availability of overdose reversal medications, training of healthcare providers who prescribe opioids, community education programs and treatment services for addiction.