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From WYMT News
More than one dozen counties in Eastern Kentucky have filed federal lawsuits against multiple drug companies.
The lawsuits state that the “Wholesale Distributors repeatedly and purposefully breached its duties under state and federal law, which is a direct and proximate cause of, and/or substantial factor leading to, the widespread diversion of prescription opioids for nonmedical purposes into the County.”
Officials said the drug problems has cost local economies millions of dollars.
Albey Brock, the Bell County Judge Executive said he has seen the impact of this crisis in his own backyard.
The opioid abuse that is taking place is putting pressure on local governments financially, primarily in our jails and law enforcement, a lot of our 911 calls that go to the sheriff’s office, when you dial it and boil it down, it’s directly related to drugs,” said Brock.
He says the money will go to helping people impacted by the crisis as well as other economic aspects impacted.
The Harlan Daily Enterprise reports
A Harlan man is facing an indictment for weapon and drug charges.
Karl Robinette, 57, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Dakota Torstrick.
The indictment stems from Robinette’s arrest on March 11 by Harlan City Police Officer Jeff Owens.
The six-count indictment handed down by the grand jury on May 17 states Robinette had a stolen firearm in his possession and was in possession of a schedule III narcotic. The indictment also states he was also found in possession of drug paraphernalia and carried concealed brass knuckles on or about his person.
A Wallins woman is facing a charge of intimidating a participant in a legal process.
Shannon Elaine Craig, 46, was arrested by Loyall City Police Chief Mike Lunsford on Monday.
According to the arrest warrant, Craig continued to have contact with a woman after being charged by Lunsford with stealing the registration sticker from the woman’s car.
Craig was charged with intimidating a participant in a legal process and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
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