COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAVE WORKSHOP ON OPIOID CRISIS

  

Attorney Craig Brown

Washington County Commissioners heard a presentation this (Tuesday) morning on the opioid crisis facing our country and a possible way for the county to recover its costs associated with it.  Attorneys Craig Brown and Tim Cappolino from the Cappolino Dodd Krebs Law Firm talked to the commissioners about the crisis and how their law firm could file a lawsuit on behalf of the county against the large pharmaceutical companies.  They explained that more people in America today use opioids than tobacco. Commissioner Kirk Hanath asked how the county calculates what the crisis is costing.  Cappolino explained that with the county’s help, they could estimate the costs to law enforcement, judicial, EMS, health care, and child and family services.  Hanath asked about what the compensation to the law firm would be.  Cappolino explained that that is set by the state at 25 percent or a rate based on the number of hours spent on the case.  County Judge John Brieden said that this law firm was the first to contact the county about filing suit, and that other firms have also asked to be considered.  Today’s meeting was a workshop to gather facts only, so no action was taken.

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