By Aila Boyd firstname.lastname@example.org
The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to give county administration approval to enter into negotiations with law firms in order to retain legal counsel for potential opioids litigation during last month’s Board of Supervisors meeting.
Michael Lockaby, the county’s attorney, was on hand and walked the supervisors through what the process of potentially pursuing opioids litigation would entail.
“The rationale behind these lawsuits is that a person who is addicted to opioids, or addicted to heroin as a result of first being addicted to opioids, didn’t really have a choice to become addicted,” Lockaby said. “They were told by a doctor that this was all going to be fine and it didn’t turn out fine. Oftentimes that doctor was told by the pharmaceutical manufacturer or wholesaler, ‘Oh, this isn’t particularly addictive. It’s not a problem.’ The information was inaccurate and oftentimes the person who told them that knew that it was inaccurate.”
Before filing suit, the county needs to determine the extent of its damages including both the human costs and monetary costs.