YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. – Yadkin County is joining a lawsuit to fight against the manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioid pain relievers.

The Yadkin County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a Resolution declaring the opioid crisis a public nuisance at its Monday meeting. County leaders signed a contract with a large number of law firms throughout the southeastern United States.

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Kevin Austin, Yadkin County Commissioner Board Chairman, said, “Our Board of Commissioners has decided to take action in behalf of our citizens to do all that we can to put an end to the opioid abuse that daily affects the lives of all of our residents. We believe and have resolved as a Board that it is critically necessary that we do all that is possible to abate the nuisance that we see increasing daily from the illegal diversion and abuse of opioid drugs. We know this will not be an easy or quick process, but we feel it is paramount to do so if there is any way to end this crisis that is impacting so many individuals and families. We have retained experienced professionals who have already filed litigation in behalf of numerous counties and cities in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky and other areas. In addition, we have been able to agree with our attorneys that there will be absolutely no expenditure of any taxpayer money for attorney fees or any expenses of the lawsuit.”

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