Twiggs County joins hundreds of counties in opioid lawsuit

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Twiggs County filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

This lawsuit joins hundreds of other counties in the country against pharmaceutical companies.

Twiggs County is being represented by an Athens law firm, Blasingame, Burch, Garrad & Ashley, P.C. The lawsuit targets more than 20 companies across the country.

According to a news release from the law firm, the lawsuit was filed in federal court Thursday morning and will be transferred to the national multi-district litigation in Ohio. More than 400 lawsuits against opioid makers are pending.

The lawsuit states the county wants to “eliminate the hazard to public health and safety caused by the opioid epidemic, to abate the nuisance caused thereby, and to recoup monies that have been spent, or will be spent, because of Defendants’ false, deceptive and unfair marketing and/or unlawful diversion of prescription opioids.”

Macon-Bibb County is looking to file the same lawsuit with the same law firm and former Bibb County Attorney, Virgil Adams.

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Edna Ruiz joined the 41NBC news team in October of 2016. She was born and raised in Plant City, Florida. Edna graduated from the University of South Florida in May of 2016, majoring in Telecommunications with a focus in Broadcast News and a minor in Political Science. During her time at USF, she interned at Univision Tampa Bay, FOX 13 News and was the On-Air Promotions announcer for the New York Yankees during Spring Training. She was a USF Latino Scholar and a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She comes from a Mexican-American background and is fluent in Spanish. Although she’s very new to the area, she is excited to be serving the Middle Georgia community. Edna loves to meet new people and hear their stories. So, if you have a story idea or just want to say hi, feel free to reach out to her at eruiz@41NBC.com