As Opioid Cases Head To Court, Ohio Valley Faces Myriad Of Needs

Oct 21, 2019

On this West Virginia Morning, last-minute settlement negotiations in Ohio are proceeding in a closely watched case against some companies that made or sold opioid painkillers.

It’s the first hearing of the National Prescription Opiate Litigation, which consolidated thousands of lawsuits brought by state, county and local governments. The stakes are enormous, especially for the Ohio Valley, which has some of the worst rates of addiction and overdose deaths.

As the Ohio Valley ReSource’s Aaron Payne reports, the hardest-hit communities have no shortage of needs, and plenty of ideas for how money won from a judgement or settlement should be used.

Also on today’s show, a Polish family-owned cosmetics business has decided to place its United States flagship in West Virginia. As Liz McCormick reports, the family hopes to open a manufacturing facility in Martinsburg in five years.

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