- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 29, 2019

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Snohomish County has filed a lawsuit against corporations that make and distribute prescription opioids, joining a long list of governments seeking damages for the toll that OxyContin and similar drugs have taken on society.

The Daily Herald reports the County Council voted unanimously Monday to authorize a lawsuit to be filed in Snohomish County Superior Court. The suit named drugmaker Purdue Pharma and distributor McKesson Corporation, among other defendants.

The county says its lawsuit aims to hold the defendants accountable for illegally diverting OxyContin to the black market.

Everett and the Tulalip Tribes have filed federal lawsuits against Purdue.

Purdue Pharma issued a response to the lawsuit and expressed concern about the opioid crisis. The Stamford, Connecticut-based company pledged to work with the state and county officials on meaningful solutions but denied the allegations in the legal action.

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