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Phoenix officials taking action amid opioid crisis

Posted at 6:40 AM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 11:49:21-05

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is taking action to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for what he says is their part in the opioid crisis.
 
He and at least two council members are pushing a potential lawsuit against drug companies and distributors.
 
It claims that fraudulent marketing helped create this epidemic. The council will vote in a week whether to go after these billion-dollar companies to help combat the crisis.
 
Just last month Insys Founder and CEO John Kapoor was arrested for charges including fraud. Valley-based Insys a big drug company and opioid manufacturer.  
 
This crisis and the easy access to prescription medication is affecting families in Arizona. 

Valley mom Roxanne Jueckstock lost her son to a drug overdose. She says, "They're able to take other people's medication. That's what's happening. Well, that's what happened with my son and all his friends - that's where they got it."
 
Last year alone, more than 64,000 Americans died of a drug overdose, primarily because of opioids. That's about 175 people a day.

So the City of Phoenix trying to address this growing problem.