Ottawa may join class action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

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Ottawa may join class action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

A report from the province's coroner released last month says the death rate from substance abuse has doubled since April 2016.

Victoria wants the federal government to joining a class action lawsuit launched in 2018 against opioid manufacturers and would open the door to increasing the number of defendants.

Other changes proposed by the provincial government to the Opioid Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act would also hold corporate executives accountable for all deaths related to the opioid crisis in the province.

The British Columbia government launched a class action lawsuit in 2018 against manufacturers and distributors of opioids to recover costs caused by the overdose crisis in the health care system. He alleges that these companies used marketing strategies to increase sales, which contributed to increased addictions and overdoses.

Other provinces have already joined in the class action, including Alberta, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador and Saskatchewan.

Purdue Pharma Canada is one of 40 companies named in the class action lawsuit, but earlier this year the province reached a settlement with the company to recover health care costs related to to the sale of opioid painkillers.

British Columbia led the country to hold manufacturers and distributors of opioids accountable, and today the province is expanding its opioid litigation legislation, says Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.

There is nothing that will replace the lives lost in our province, but we continue to use all the tools in our toolbox, from prevention to safe drug supply to treatment, to ensure a turnaround in this terrible crisis.

A provincial coroner's report released last month says the death rate in n with the consumption of toxic drugs has doubled since April 2016, when the government declared a state of health emergency. It now stands at 42 deaths per 100,000 population.

With information from The Canadian Press

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