11/8/17 – More than two dozen Wisconsin counties are suing many of the major pharmaceutical companies saying they are responsible for the nation’s opioid overdose epidemic. Five lawsuits filed Tuesday by 28 Wisconsin counties says local governments’ health and law enforcement services “have been strained to the breaking point” because of widespread opioid abuse. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages from Purdue Pharma, Johnson and Johnson, Endo Health Solutions, Incorporated and subsidiaries of the companies. More than two dozen states, cities and counties have filed similar lawsuits accusing pharmaceutical companies of making false claims about the dangers of their drugs. County boards in Columbia and Fond du Lac counties have already agreed to sign on to a class action lawsuit while Dodge County is considering the move.