SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Bexar County’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturers will be one of the first in Texas to go on trial. It’s scheduled to be heard here in October of 2020.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff says the suit is seeking damages of at least $1 billion.
“We have many individuals here in the county who continue to suffer every day from addiction to opioids, and those who have succumbed to their addiction and died,” he said.
Between 2011 and 2015, there were 664 opioid-related deaths in Bexar County. Between 2016 and 2017, there were more than 1,300 emergency room visits for opioid overdoses.
“That’s not including the 2,325 babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome between 2009 and 2016,” Wolff said.
The lawsuit filed last year alleges that pharmaceutical manufacturers and providers committed fraud, deceptive trade and misrepresentation of their products.
“We believe that the pharmaceutical industry was not truthful when they started throwing out these pills all over the United States,” said Wolff.