The commission voted to officially move forward with the lawsuit during a meeting held at Westminster College in New Wilmington.
Craig explained the problem is stressing the county court system, child and youth services, first responders and law enforcement, and the coroner’s office.
“It’s just not a cost to the county, it’s a cost to the community. Of those over 80 (deaths), those are all somebody’s mother, father, brother, sister, husband, wife, and child, all lost to this crisis.
Last week neighboring Beaver County was the third local government in the state to sue pharmaceutical companies based on claims manufacturers bear responsibility for the thousands of overdoses nationally in recent years.
Most of the companies being sued have said they’re already taking steps to curb opioid abuse.
This story was produced by Justin Wilson and Brad Weaver.