Sedgwick County declares opioid crisis a public nuisance

On Wednesday, Sedgwick County commissioners declared it a public nuisance with 135 deaths linked to opioid use in 2016 alone. Declaring the opioid crisis a “public nuisance” is something commissioners hope will make it easier for them to litigate against drug manufacturers and distributors they say may have failed to report large and suspicious distributions of painkillers in the county.

If the lawsuits prove successful, the money would be used to help fund programs to help fight the issue before it gets worse.

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