Missaukee County Decides Not to Join Lawsuit Against Opioid Suppliers

Missaukee County will not be adding its name to the lawsuit against opioid suppliers.

The county was approached about the joining lawsuit late last year, and declined then as well.

Commissioners went back over the issue last month after hearing from a Traverse City based attorney.

Missaukee County again shot down the decision, saying the county’s main problem isn’t legally prescribed opioids, it’s the ones that are being distributed illegally.

“They feel like most of the people they’re seeing with a drug problem, they did not find any evidence that it did start that way there finding that it started more with either pot or meth or something like that pretty much all illegal drugs,” says board of commissioners chairman, Frank Vanderwal.

The county made the decision after consulting with the sheriff’s office, prosecutor and EMS.

From the local level to the national impact, we will have continuing coverage on the president’s plan to fight the opioid crisis.