SWINOMISH INDIAN TRIBAL COMMUNITY, Wash. (AP) — The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has joined the ranks of governmental organizations filing lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis.
The Skagit Valley Herald reports the lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Seattle names Purdue Pharma, Endo Pharmaceuticals and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson.
The suit claims the opioid epidemic has had a dramatic impact not only in Skagit County — which has a higher overdose death rate than that of the state — but specifically on the tribe itself.
The lawsuit says that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of Native Americans and Alaska Natives dying of opioid overdoses increased four-fold between 1999 and 2013.
Most Read Local Stories
- Daylight saving time: Washington state moving toward an end to the clock change
- 'Shark Tank' star Robert Herjavec owes a debt of gratitude to a homeless shelter in Seattle VIEW
- 22 men arrested in child sex-crime sting in Thurston County
- Despite harm to Puget Sound orcas, Canada should expand Trans Mountain pipeline, energy board says
- Insult to injury: We're more on the hook to pay for Trump's wall than most border states | Danny Westneat
The drug companies have disputed the allegations.
Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, http://www.skagitvalleyherald.com