BOZEMAN - Gallatin County Commissioners made a resolution today to approve litigation and join other counties in the fight against opioid manufacturers.
According to the Missouri River Drug Task Force, Gallatin County has had 58 opioid overdoses just this year and has spent approximately $104,000 in court services for those dealing with opioid addiction. That is why the County Commissioners approved the decision to go after the drug manufacturers.
“I think it’s our responsibility, it’s our duty to provide health, safety and general welfare. We know that there are opioid problems, abuse problems in this county and I think it’s our duty to move this forward to try to correct those problems,” said Commissioner Don Seifert.
Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert agrees there is a problem and wants the opioid manufacturers to pay.
“Obviously there is a problem here in Gallatin County and if the Beck Law firm can prove the claims that have been made in court, then people of Gallatin County are going to be owed compensation for that,” Lambert said.
If Gallatin County was awarded payment, commissioners know exactly where that money is going to go.
“Hopefully there is an award made that it will be made proportional to our use in Gallatin County. Those dollars we can bring back to the county to help fund some of the programs that we have to combat the opioid addiction problem,” Seifert said.
The County Commissioners say that this may take years to finalize but they are looking out for all the citizens’ best interests.