County joins lawsuit against pharmaceutical company

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners voted to join 28 other Texas counties in a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, a major company that produces and sells opioid-based painkillers.
The vote came at the court’s Dec. 27 meeting, after a presentation by Dallas-based attorney Blake Beckham, who also is a Limestone County landowner.
Beckham gave details of the opioid addiction crisis sweeping the nation and also told the commissioners the county needed to become part of the lawsuit before the state does, to protect its interests and get part of any settlement.
He said he had recently joined forces with Jeffrey Simon, a Dallas-based attorney who specializes in litigation cases against pharmaceutical companies.
Beckham explained that before this opioid crisis, opium-based medicines were mainly used for cancer, end-of-life care and under careful supervision by a doctor.

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