WEBER COUNTY, Utah (News4Utah) Weber County is now the latest taking the fight against the opioid epidemic to the courtroom.
Weber County joins Summit, Tooele and Salt Lake Counties filing suit against manufacturers.
The suit was filed in Ogden against eight opioid manufacturers and distributors.
“I would say we have a pretty good crisis in Weber County we need to address,” Weber County Commissioner James Ebert said.
The 240-page lawsuit argues highly deceptive and unfair marketing led to opioid addiction and overdose deaths in the county.
“The manufacturers of these opioids went to great lengths to conceal and misrepresent just how addictive these opioid products are,” Weber County Attorney Chris Allred said.
Leaders say the opioid epidemic hit Weber County especially hard, causing a higher death rate than the state average.
“The county has expended significant financial resources in response to the opioid problem,” Allred said.
The suit asks for unspecified damages. If they win, county leaders say much of the money would go toward treatment programs to help addicts.
Daggett, Duchesne, Kane, Uintah, and Wasatch Counties have hired the attorneys to file suit, as well as Gooding and Camas Counties in Idaho.