Pratt County joins lawsuit against opioid distributors, manufacturers


PRATT, Kan. The Pratt County Commission this week took action similar to similar to Sedgwick County commissioners in December,
taking a formal stand against distributors and manufacturers for their role in the opioid epidemic.

As the Sedgwick County Commission did in December, Pratt County commissioners passed a resolution to pursue civil actions against opioid distributors and manufacturers.

The lawsuit claims the companies who manufacture and distribute opioids are liable for the opoid epidemic's cost to government entities.

After the Sedgwick County Commission joined the lawsuit in December, the law firm of Prochaska, Howell & Prochaska LLC said Kansas ranks as the 16th worse state in the opioid epidemic and according to the complaint, deaths in Sedgwick County due to opioids have been on the rise.

The goal of the lawsuit, the law firm says, is to let people know the problem impacts everyone.