The prosecutor noted if the county is unsuccessful in this lawsuit, taxpayers won’t pay for litigation because it is a civil, contingency case.
Through September, there have been 177 overdose deaths in Butler County, up from 147 during the same time period last year, according to the coroner’s office.
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DeWine had sued the drug companies earlier and now wants them to settle in order to provide the finances needed for recovery efforts.
So far the state has not filed lawsuits against drug distributors but DeWine today urged them to step forward.