Last February, Pierce County filed a federal lawsuit against the three largest manufacturers and marketers of prescription opioids in the United States: Purdue, Endo and Janssen. The County contends the deceptive marketing practices used by the firms helped fuel the opiate crisis. Patients and doctors were told opioids were not addictive and were a safe way to treat long-term and chronic pain, which the Center for Disease Control has concluded is untrue.
This week, the Pierce County Council authorized the Prosecutor to file an amended complaint to add a new set of defendants - the three largest wholesale distributors of prescription opioids: Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen.
The original lawsuit was filed in federal court and asks for injunctive relief to stop the deceptive business practices, and for financial relief to assist Pierce County in addressing issues associated with opiate addiction, including the burden on the criminal justice system and social services.
Pierce County has retained Keller Rohrback as outside counsel.
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The Pierce County Council is looking to hire a Chief of Staff (COS) to join their team. The COS serves as the chief administrative, financial and senior operations executive for the Pierce County Council. The COS is responsible for the overall management, planning and coordination of activities and services in support of the Council in concert with research staff, and strategically manages policy and political issues facing the Council and Pierce County. The COS ensures that the staff serve the Council responsively and objectively in support of the mission of the Council.
The Council is the legislative branch of Pierce County government and is the policy-determining body of the County, as provided by the County Charter. The Council has all powers of the County not otherwise reserved to the people, the Executive, or general law.
The seven members are elected from each of seven contiguous and equally populated districts. Each county councilmember represents a district having a population of approximately 115,000 people (as of the 2010 Census) and is elected to a 4 year term.