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    WV Town Fights Back: Drug Wholesalers Face Suit


    CHARLESTON– A West Virginia town seeking to recoup the costs of dealing with opioid abuse is suing out-of-state drug distributors, and another community plans to file a similar suit.

    Media outlets report the Mingo County community of Kermit filed a lawsuit Tuesday naming five prescription drug wholesalers.

    Also named is Cameron Justice, the ex-owner of a now-closed pain clinic. Justice was sentenced in 2010 to 30 months in prison for health-care fraud and allowing unauthorized staff members to issue illegal prescriptions.

    Charleston attorney Rusty Webb said Tuesday he plans to file a similar lawsuit by next week on behalf of the Nicholas County town of Richwood.

    The city of Huntington filed a similar lawsuit earlier in January, and the McDowell County Commission sued drug distributors in December.



    Rachel Ayers

    Rachel Ayers started as a multi-media journalist at WOAY in October of 2015. She then moved to evening anchor in September of 2016. Read More