Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #62
ORDER ADOPTED
Mar 5, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to confer with the City Solicitor, Attorney General and District Attorney to investigate the possibility of Cambridge joining this national suit against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, CKSponsors:Councillor Craig A. Kelley, Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor Alanna Mallon
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Opioid manufacturers’ promotion of prescription opioids and propagation of inadequate information on the risks of opioids, to the medical community and the public, have caused or contributed to the ongoing public health crisis; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Opioid distributors’ failure to monitor and report diversion of opioid prescriptions have contributed to the immense increase in opioid addiction and overdose, causing or contributing to the ongoing public health crisis; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

In response to the opioid epidemic, more than 100 municipalities, counties, and states have joined in a collection of lawsuits against pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors (https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/local/2018/02/06/mansfield-joins-national-lawsuit-against-opioid-manufacturers/312287002/); and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Governments are seeking reimbursement for past and future costs of emergency services, law enforcement, first responders, drug treatment, lost productivity of government workers, and worker compensation benefits; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the City Solicitor, Attorney General and District Attorney to investigate the possibility of Cambridge joining this national suit against opioid manufacturers and distributors, and report back to the City Council on this issue.

 

Meeting History

Mar 5, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED