Rep. Galonski Calls For Pharmaceutical Industry Accountability In State Opioid Crisis
New report shows Ohio opioid overdose deaths up 24 percent over last year
December 21, 2017
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State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today issued a statement following the Summit County Executive announcing a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry for its role in Ohio’s opioid epidemic. A report released today from the National Centers for Health Statistics shows Ohio’s overdose deaths totaled 4,329 in 2016, the second highest rate in the nation and 24 percent higher than in the previous year.

“Ohio’s opioid epidemic is the result of a myriad of issues. The key players need to be held accountable and unfortunately, one of the largest is the pharmaceutical industry. By not being clear about the addictive properties of opioids, they have put Ohioans at risk for addiction.  I believe this lawsuit is an excellent response to help hard working families needing a helping hand.”

Galonski represents Ohio’s 35th district, which is comprised of parts of Akron and Barberton.  

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