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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Meghan Porter, Public Information Officer, (360)867-2097, email at porterm@co.thurston.wa.us 

Commissioners Support Civil Action Against Opioid Pain Medication Manufacturers and Producers
Prosecuting Attorney Jon Tunheim is pursuing the action

OLYMPIA – Yesterday, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution supporting Prosecutor Jon Tunheim’s pursuit of a civil action against manufacturers and wholesalers of prescription opioid pain medication on behalf of Thurston County.

Prosecutor Jon Tunheim said, “I greatly appreciate the support of the Board of County Commissioner’s as we move forward with our efforts to hold opioid manufacturers accountable for their part in creating the current opioid crisis.”

The resolution states that there is reason to believe manufacturers and wholesalers of prescription opioid pain medications made false and misleading statements to people, including physicians, and reaped significant profits from the sale of opioids. Thurston County citizens have been significantly harmed as a result of this conduct and because of these acts, Thurston County has responded to opioid related health emergencies incurring significant additional public health and safety related costs. 

Commission Chair Bud Blake said, “The Board is in full support of Prosecutor Tunheim’s pursuit of civil action against this industry.” He said, “Thurston County, like surrounding areas, is facing an opioid epidemic. We must do something about this, and it has to begin with the producers and manufacturers of these highly addictive drugs.” 


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3