The Portland City Council voted unanimously Monday to join a nationwide lawsuit against manufacturers of opioids.
Officials say the prescription painkillers have contributed to Portland’s rise in drug overdoses. Portland city spokeswoman Jessica Grondin says the epidemic is placing big financial burdens on social and other services.
“Clearly the opioid epidemic has reached crisis levels here in Portland, and so it takes a toll on the city municipal services, whether it be fire, police, public health. And clearly there needs to be some more money for treatment,” she says.