Jackson County has filed a lawsuit against companies connected to the opioid industry, naming major drug makers, distributors and pharmacy chains.
At least 308 people died in Jackson County due to opioid overdoses between 2013 and 2017, according to documents filed in the suit. The documents add that opioid-related deaths are likely underreported.
The opioid epidemic has burdened the county with emergency medical responses to overdoses, babies born in withdrawal, opioid-related hospitalizations, incarcerations and child welfare cases, the suit says.
More than 300 cities, counties and states had filed similar lawsuits against the opioid industry as of February, including at least 16 governments in Kansas and Missouri.
Read more: Kansas City Star