HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County has filed a lawsuit against major drug manufacturers and companies, blaming them for the increase in opioid deaths in the area.
Some of the defendants named in the lawsuit are Johnson & Johnson, Walgreens, Rite-Aid of South Carolina and CVS Pharmacy.
The lawsuit states that in 2014 there were 49 reported opioid-involved overdose deaths and since then the number of deaths has only increase. Documents show that there were 77 opioid overdose deaths in 2017.
The lawsuit goes on to say that Horry County personnel administered naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication, 376 times in 2014, 509 times in 2015 and 1,020 times in 2016.
“Overdoses, addiction, hospitalizations, and other negative effects of the opioid epidemic in Plaintiff’s community are ongoing,” court documents state.
Horry County also accuses the defendants of several violations under the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act including fraud, negligence, negligent misrepresentation and public nuisance.
Horry County is demanding a jury trial in the case.