Eastham Joins Opioid Litigation

EASTHAM – After hearing from the town’s attorney and police chief, Eastham’s board of selectmen voted to join a statewide lawsuit related to the opioid crisis that targets certain pharmaceutical companies.

Attorney John Giorgio explained how he became aware of the pending litigation.

“We were approached by the Massachusetts Opioid Litigation Attorneys. They are bringing lawsuits against the drug manufactures to recover the costs that have been incurred as a result of the opioid crisis,” he said.

Towns which have already chosen to participate include Provincetown, Sandwich and Truro.

Although there will be no initial cost to the town, MOLA will take 25% of any monies collected, which has some people wary.

Eastham police Chief Ed Kulhawik put forth his idea of how any available funds should be spent. “Assistance for folks who are struggling with this terrible thing. If there were funds, that would be something that I definitely think is needed,” said.

Kulhawik will be the one who decides the amount of the town’s opioid-related expenses.

Some have expressed concern that there could be unintended consequences of the lawsuit, such as doctors worrying that they’ll be next and, as a result, not providing strong painkillers to patients with a genuine need.

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